AGE SIX 2
AGE SEVEN 4
AGE EIGHT 28
Oisín de Fréine
Róisín Ní Dhondúin
AGE NINE 68
Caitlin Amy Jia-Er Ong
Lola Stephen Ojo
Madison Lei Western
Babette Gonzalez Blodau
AGE TEN 114
Reiltín Walsh Moloney
Riddhima Haresh Manyar
AGE ELEVEN 160
Fernando Luna Ferrezuelo
Colman Ó Curraoin
Lauren May Bei-er Ong
Áine de Fréine
Isabella Kessie Kehoe
Seán Ó Laocha
Laura de Burca
James Quinn Markey
Brona Rose Comiskey
Eva Orla McGuire
AGE TWELVE 202
Eilidh Ní Churraoin
Fionn Leonard Murray
Suzel Gonzalez Blodau
Róise Nic Ruairí
Cillian Ó Tuathaigh
STORYKEEPERS VOLUME IV WELCOME | 1
Irish Lights – Great Lighthouses of Ireland and Fighting
Words decided early this year to collaborate on a story
writing project that has turned out to be a wonderful
experience for our two organisations. The idea
behind Become a Young Storykeeper was to invite
children aged 7–12 years of age to write imaginative
and creative stories about Ireland’s lighthouses. The
symbolism of the lighthouse – bright, magical, brave,
mysterious – offers so many exciting possibilities.
Then the covid-19 lockdown invaded our lives, and a
whole extra dimension was added. Social distancing
– the need to stay away from those we love to keep
them safe – draws instant parallels with the lighthouse,
which essentially pushes ships away to keep them
safe. Our lighthouses are a powerful symbol of loss,
hope and light and it’s incredibly exciting that so many
hundreds of young imaginations have tapped into
them in this collection of stories. We are delighted
and proud to have been part of this great adventure.
Yvonne Shields O’Connor
Commission for Irish Lights
The Creative Ireland Programme are delighted
to collaborate and support this new initiative to
encourage children to create inspirational stories
about Ireland’s lighthouses as part of Cruinniú na
nÓg 2020. Developed by The Commissioners of
Irish Lights’ (Irish Lights) tourism and community
partnership, Great Lighthouses of Ireland, and creative
writing organisation Fighting Words, this creative call
to action demonstrates how, together, the ambition to
support and encourage children and young people to
become more resilient using the creative practice of
writing and storytelling can be achieved.
We are overwhelmed with the level and quality of
entries from around the world and salute the originality
and joy of the work of the nearly thirteen hundred 7 –
12 year olds who responded to the call.
Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world
to have a national day of free creativity for children and
young people under 18. Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship
initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative
Youth plan to enable the creative potential of children
and young people, to celebrate their creativity and to
ensure creativity becomes part of how they become
successful shapers of their own lives. Become a
Young Storykeeper has achieved just that.
Director, The Creative Ireland Programme
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
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COLOURS OF THE LIGHTHOUSE
There are many coloured days in the life of a lighthouse
They can be BLUE and BRIGHT
They can be scary RED and icky GREEN like the coronavirus
They can be YELLOW like the sun
They can be ORANGE like the sunset
They can be PINK like blossoms….
The lighthouse stands strong…
The lighthouse shall always bring light for those lost at sea…
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KARA AND THE LIGHTHOUSE
One day Kara went for a walk by the sea,
she always goes for this walk. There was
also a lighthouse on this walk. She had
always wondered who it belonged to.
“Mum,” said Kara. “Who does the
lighthouse belong to?”
“It is your great-grandfather’s,” said her
“Is he still alive?” asked Kara.
“No” said her mum. “My family own it
“Can we go into it?” asked Kara.
“No, I don’t have the keys,” said her
“Where are the keys?” said Kara.
“Your Granny has them.”
“Can we go and get them?” asked Kara
“Okay,” her mum said. So they did.
When they got the keys, they went
to the lighthouse. There was also a threestorey
house beside it. Kara went into the
lighthouse. She saw photos of her greatgrandfather.
They were old, dusty and rusty.
Then she went into the house. There were
four bedrooms. In one of them, there were
lots of old books and there was another
picture of her great-grandfather.
Kara went back into the lighthouse.
She pushed on a wall. It moved! There was
a secret room! It was where Kara’s greatgrandfather
wrote stuff but before he died,
he hid his diary in a secret room. Kara had
found the diary! She started to read it. An
hour later she had read the whole diary. One
of the pages said the lighthouse was ancient!
Kara went back to looking at the
lighthouse. She went to the top of the
lighthouse. The light was so big! Then,
she went into the house to tell her mum
about the diary and secret room. But then
she remembered that the diary said that if
someone found it, the person could not tell
anyone. So, she did not say anything to her
mum. Her mum told her that they would
move into the house. Kara was very excited!
She decided to write her own diary and to
put it in the secret room too. So she did!
The lonely lighthouse,
By the sea,
Shines its bright light,
For all to see.
ONE STORMY NIGHT
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SAM, THE DINOSAUR AND THE LIGHTHOUSE ADVENTURE
The Lighthouse keeper trapped the
dinosaur in a cage to save himself.
The Granuaile came to take the dinosaur away.
Sam decided to invite his dinosaur friend to a tea party at the light house.
They were going to drink hot chocolate and play games.
Guided by the lighthouse, Super Sam came to the rescue.
But Sam was too busy and forgot
what time it was.
The lighthouse keeper was scared when
he saw the dinosaur coming.
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THE MERMAID LIGHTHOUSE DREAM
Sam explained that the dinosaur was really friendly and they all had a tea party together.
Afterwards, the dinosaur went back home. Sam likes to go visit him with the
lighthouse keeper now that they are all friends.
Deep deep down in the ocean, there lived a beautiful mermaid called
Charlotte, with beautiful yellow hair, a nice rainbow hairband and a
nice purple tail. She had two best friends - Sheila the Dolphin,
and Cormac the Starfish.
One day, the mermaid was swimming up to the shore and
suddenly, she turned into a person and she said, “WOW! This
Charlotte was walking across the beach and she met two
people. One was called Elena and one was called Matthew. They
were brother and sister.
They said to Charlotte, “Hello, my name is Elena and my name
is Matthew. What is your name?”
“My name is Charlotte.”
“Do you want to walk along the beach with us?”
“Yes,” said Charlotte.
Off they went, walking across the beach. They saw an old boat and
said, “Let’s turn this old boat into a NEW boat and go to a lighthouse
So, they gathered up seashells and Charlotte turned back into a
mermaid and got some seaweed and shiny stones underwater. Then the
boat was all done.
Off they went, sailing across the sea. The sea was rough. Charlotte introduced Elena
and Matthew to Cormac the Starfish, and Sheila the Dolphin.
“WOW!” said Elena and Matthew.
“Can they talk?” asked Elena.
“Yes,” said Charlotte. So Sheila and Cormac came with them
and they saw fish. Then they looked up and they saw the
They said, “Yeah! We made it.”
So they got off the boat and went inside and saw a
man called James. He was really nice. Everybody said,
“Who are you?”
“My name is James what are your names?”
“My name is Charlotte.”
“And my name is Elena.”
“And my name is Matthew, we are friends.”
James said, “Well, would you like me to give
a tour around the lighthouse?”
Everybody said, “Yes, we would love that.”
So they had the tour. They said, “Thank you so much! We should go
home now. Bye bye, James.”
James said goodbye, and they all went home.
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THE STRANDED SAILOR
Once upon a time there was a man called
Dara who was a sailor.
Dara told his wife that he was going to
sail the sea for one week. When he got to
the bay, he put his boat into the water and
jumped on. The sea was calm and he sailed
off. He was enjoying the lovely weather and
watching the dolphins jump.
When nighttime came it was getting
windy and very stormy, Dara was very afraid.
He saw the light shining from the lighthouse
and he decided he would follow it home.
Next thing, the light went out.
“Oh no!” Dara was now very, very scared.
Then he had an idea! He remembered that
he had two flares on his boat. He took one
and shot it upwards. It made a big explosion
of light in the sky.
Back at the bay, John and his two
friends who owned the Rescue Boat saw
the flare. They knew that a sailor was in
trouble. They quickly got into their boat to
go save Dara.
When they reached Dara, he was so
happy to see them. The helper boat pulled
Dara and his boat back to safety in the bay.
It turned out the lighthouse had been
hit by lightning in the storm but John and
Dara fixed the lighthouse so no more sailors
would get into trouble in the sea.
HIP HIP HOORAY LIGHTHOUSE
Warning, visiting, exploring
I am very interested
Hermy the Crab lives with his
mum and dad and sister and
brother. But he does not want
to live with his family.
When Hermy made a sandcastle, his sister Helli stepped on it.
When Hermy was fishing at a rock
pool, his brother Hemi scared the
This made Hermy upset. So Hermy
waved goodbye to his family
And off he went to live
with his friend Sammy the
Seagull at the lighthouse.
But when Hermy was going
to sleep, the light from the
lighthouse was too bright.
So Hermy went off. But the tide
was coming in and Hermy got swept
away out to sea.
He swam to a buoy tied to Sally
the Starfish’s boat. But when he
was going to sleep the sea was
very rough. So Hermy said,”I am
going to live with my family.”
Sally brought him near the shore.
On the beach he saw his family
waiting for him. Hemi had a warm
cup of seaweed juice for him and
Helli had a towel.
Hermy was happy again. So happy
he clapped his crab claws. And he
said “I’ll never leave like that again.”
Everyone clapped their crab claws.
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THE DAY THE DOLPHIN GOT STUCK
THE FOOD TREASURE
Three friends called John, Jack and Kia lived
in a lighthouse.
One day while the three friends went
out for a walk around their lighthouse, five
pirates dropped into the lighthouse. They
spotted a treasure chest. They got it quickly
and ran away to their ship called the Lightning
Shark. They were proud of their dark, scarylooking
ship because it was painted red,
black, brown and dark blue.
The pirates opened the treasure chest
and instead of gold, they found yummy food
from different countries. The pirates were
very happy to find all this delicious food and
they ate it happily. They went back to their
John, Jack and Kia came back from
their long walk and they were starving. “Let’s
pick our favourite food from our treasure
chest!” shouted John.
They looked everywhere but could not
find their treasure chest. Kia cried, “I think
those nasty pirates have been here. Do you
remember we saw their scary boat nearby
when we were out walking?”
The three hungry friends went to the
shop together. They bought some more
food. They put their extra food in a secret
place in the lighthouse.
Jack said proudly, “If those mean
pirates ever sneak into our lighthouse again,
they will not get any food.”
The pirates did return another day when
the three friends went out for their walk, but
they could not find any food.
Once upon a time there was a little dolphin called
Sandy. She loved to swim along the rocky coast with
One night, Sandy went on a swim beside the
rocky coast as always. SUDDENLY she saw a
predator chasing a sea lion. The sea lion knocked
into the rocks and one of the heavy rocks fell down
and trapped Sandy’s tail!
“Oh no, I can’t get out! Help help!” cried Sandy.
Her family heard her and tried to lift the rock up but
it was way too heavy.
Just then, a helper vessel was going to check
if the lighthouse was locked up after a long day of
helping. The light from the lighthouse shined over the
dolphins trying to help Sandy.
“I think something is wrong,” said one of the
helper vessel people. “Quick, get changed into your
wetsuits and we’ll go see what’s wrong. This is our
SPLASH! SPLASH! SPLASH!
They all jumped in. Then they saw… a baby
dolphin’s tail trapped under a rock. The dolphins
were afraid of the humans so they were about to
snap at them, but before they could they saw the
humans were trying to lift up the rock.
“Humans are actually being nice to us dolphins,” they
said. The dolphins and the humans worked together
to push the rock up.
A Few Minutes Later…
They eventually lifted the rock and the dolphin
was free! She was so so happy.
“I want to give them a gift to say thank you for
helping us,” said Sandy. The helper people were
going to swim away but before they could Sandy
nudged into them and pointed her nose the other
way meaning she wanted them to follow her. They
kind of understood what the dolphin wanted them to
do. They followed them to a giant clam shell.
When they opened the shell, there was a giant
drop down to a secret room that only dolphins knew
about. They all swam into the room and there were
treasure chests, jewels and coins everywhere. The
dolphins lifted a chest with their noses and gave it to
the people. They understood that it was a gift. They
were delighted! They swam back up the steep tunnel
and back onto their boat.
The dolphins swam away happily together to
their home. They have been visiting each other ever
since the day the dolphin got stuck.
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AGE SEVEN | 15
RESCUE AT SEA
a big ship was setting sail.
Little did the
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THE HAUNTED HOOK
worry! We will
be home in two
and a half
Once, there was a little girl called
Annelise. She lived on an island. The
island was called Cape Clear. She
lived in a lighthouse. There was a
beautiful view with flowers across the
One night, there was thunder
and lightning and it woke up Annelise.
She looked out the window and
saw the light on the lighthouse was
Annelise knew the boats needed
the light and she ran up the stairs to
the top of the lighthouse and turned
on the light.
Annelise crept back to bed and
she was happy. She knew that now
the boats would be safe.
Let’s hear it for the
lighthouse crew! __
They all lived happily ever after.
I woke up and smiled – it was the morning
of our family holiday to Wexford. We got
dressed, had breakfast and were on our way.
The drive to Hook Head was very enjoyable
and we made lots of stops along the way.
When we got there, we set up camp
in front of the lighthouse. It was evening
now so we had our dinner, it was spaghetti
bolognese. After that we lit a campfire and
toasted marshmallows. We talked about
soccer and trains and then we went to sleep.
At two thirty (or, as I call it, “tooth-hurty”),
we were woken up because Oisín had a
toothache and we couldn’t go back to sleep
because he kept groaning!
Suddenly, we saw the lighthouse
wobble a little bit. Then it jumped and two
legs popped out. It started running around
the field and we all shouted, “Haunted
Finally, after a really long night, it
was morning. We went into Wexford
Town Amusements and had a great time.
Afterwards, we got ice cream and then went
back to Hook Head. We arrived at Hook
Head, but the sat nav mustn’t have been
working because - the lighthouse wasn’t
there? We pulled out a map that said we
were in the right place, but we couldn’t see
the lighthouse anywhere! We were all very
Then, we saw it, the lighthouse, strolling
back from its holiday in Wexford town! When
it reached its field, it lowered itself down,
the legs disappeared and it settled into its
crater. We got out of our car really quietly to
investigate. The door of the lighthouse was
locked. We needed to figure out why the
lighthouse had been wandering around.
The lights started flickering, we got
a bit freaked out but then, it just stopped.
We looked up and we saw a little window,
we all thought the same thought. We were
going to climb up and try to get through the
window. Our dad was elected to go first. He
made it and pulled all of us up. We did loads
of exploring to see if we could find any clues.
We couldn’t see anything but some chopped
up doggie biscuits.
“Why would there be dogs in here?!”
we all exclaimed. Oisín said that maybe
the lighthouse keeper had a pet and we all
Then we heard thunder and looked out
the window and saw a lightning bolt. Then
we went up another level to the light. We
heard a bark and looked behind us, to our
surprise we saw a tiny, little magic dog. He
was even able to speak. He told us that he
could add legs to the lighthouse and move it
with a control panel! That way, the lighthouse
could go on adventures and didn’t get bored
from being in the same spot for hundreds of
“Ha, ha, ha!” we all laughed. We knew
this was a holiday we would remember
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CAPTAIN KEVIN SAVES THE DAY
SAOIRSE AND THE STING
Princess Zara lived in the Royal Palace with her family and her pet dog,
One day, Princess Zara and Buddy went for a walk in the nearby forest.
They didn’t realise they were in terrible danger.
The Bad Witch Brie came out of nowhere, she gave an evil laugh,
“MUAHAHAHA!” She waved her magic wand, ZAP!!
“Where are we?” shivered Princess Zara when they woke up together
on a cold, hard floor. “Oh Buddy, I can hear waves crashing against rocks
outside.” She looked around her and thought, We must be in a lighthouse.
Princess Zara felt like she was in a fairy tale, locked away in a high
tower. Princess Zara cried and cried. Buddy tried to snuggle in to make her
After a little while, Princess Zara realised she was going to have to try
and save herself and Buddy. She thought, Maybe there is a phone or some
other way to signal for help.
Bad Witch Brie had sent them to a very old lighthouse. There was no
way to light it up and there was nothing in it apart from hundreds of stairs.
“WOW! Buddy look at this view! I can see land there in the distance,”
said Princess Zara.
They wandered outside and found another door at the bottom of the
lighthouse. Inside, they found a wooden raft and it even had oars!!
“Perfect, this will help us get home.” Princess Zara and Buddy jumped
on the raft, and Princess Zara started rowing.
They were travelling well when they saw a huge black storm cloud
appear. After five minutes, the storm hit and it was very windy and rainy.
The waves were getting bigger, and the raft was now going in the wrong
direction. Princess Zara was so scared.
“HOLD ON, Buddy!” she screamed.
Next, a huge bolt of lightning hit the raft. It was so strong it threw them
into the sea but they managed to swim to a close buoy and hold on tightly.
The storm went and now Princess Zara and Buddy were stuck on the
“I’m so scared Buddy. What are we going to do?”
Suddenly, there was light. The Good Fairy Sam appeared like a vision.
“Don’t worry! I will go and get you help,” the Good Fairy Sam said.
In no time at all, Princess Zara saw a vessel in the distance, it was
moving really fast. It was the famous ILV Granuaile.
Captain Kevin called out, “You’re going to be okay. I’m going to rescue
you and bring you home.” He got in the rescue helicopter and dropped them
a ladder to climb to safety. They were saved!
Princess Zara and Buddy were so glad to be back home. Her maid,
Hannah, helped her get warm clothes to wear and little robe for Buddy.
Butler Thomas brought them all their favourite foods: little sandwiches,
chocolate fudge cake, hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows and
kibble cake for Buddy.
“That was so scary! I am so glad to be home,” said Princess Zara.
Once upon a time, there was a girl her
name was Saoirse and she was five years
Saoirse lived in a lighthouse on the
coast of Wexford. On the beach she found
a ladybug (but this wasn’t any ordinary
ladybug). This ladybug was pretending to
have a sore wing but she didn’t have a sore
wing. Saoirse picked her up and all of a
The ladybug suddenly turned into
a wasp and stung poor Saoirse three
times: on the forehead, the leg and on her
hand. Then the ladybug flew away to her
own lighthouse where she had a team of
ladybirds that could turn into wasps as well.
Saoirse went into her lighthouse and
told her dad. Her mom was at the shop
the whole time and when she came home
she said, “Aaaaaahhhh! What happened to
Saoirse explained the whole story to
her mother and father. Then they all went
to the doctor and the doctor put a plaster
on all the stings. Then they went home to
the lighthouse again.
They were so distracted about poor
Saoirse getting stung by a wasp three times
that her father forgot to turn the light on in
the lighthouse at the same time a ship was
coming and it was really dark. The ship
crashed and the captain of the ship got really
mad at Saoirse’s father.
Saoirse’s mother and father then forgot
that they had to give Saoirse her dinner. It
was 11pm before poor Saoirse got her
dinner. After that, they all went to bed with
the light turned on in the lighthouse.
The captain of the boat was happy and
they let the captain sleep in the lighthouse.
They got a tow boat to come and take the
boat away and they got a new boat. The new
boat was really big and fancy.
In the morning the captain got a big
surprise, he really liked his new boat. They
had breakfast in the lighthouse and then the
captain sailed back to his own lighthouse.
Saoirse, her parents and the captain
lived happily ever after.
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THE LIGHTHOUSE THAT GOT US HOME
The lighthouse shines to help us home
Along the blue and fishy foam
Our boat rides high across the waves
We see a light beyond the caves
The light beams brightly on a loop
To scare off those sharks that want us for soup
The waves grow stronger
We can wait no longer
Three more miles and then we’re home
From then and there we will not roam
Along the blue and fishy foam
The lighthouse shone and got us home.
THE GIRLS IN THE LIGHTHOUSE
On the way to the lighthouse, the girls went
to the tea shop to get some tea and goodies.
When they got to the lighthouse, the door
was open. They could see teddies and coats
upon entering the lighthouse.
“Why are there teddies and coats here?”
asked Aisling. The girls looked for clues.
“Oh, look! There’s a boat coming to the
“Miriam is in the boat too,” said Sarah.
“Let’s see if we can find out who put
the teddies and coats in the lighthouse and
why,” said Aisling.
The next day the girls got up very early.
“Oh no!” said Sarah.
“All the teddies and coats are gone.”
“Miriam is back in her bed,” said Aisling.
“Let’s have a breakfast tea party with
Miriam,” said Aisling. And that’s what they
Once there was an old fisherman who
was on his boat. He was tan and he had a
beautiful body. When the sun was dim and
the moon was rising, the fisherman fell off
the boat. He did not know how to swim so
he was stranded there.
Then his friend Timmy - he was a good
friend – showed him how to do the shimmy.
It was funny.
He went to his house with was a
lighthouse and it was really big. He rang the
sirens. The people thought it was a trick but
they saw and came quick and swam and
lifted the fisherman.
They helped and because of his friend
who did the shimmy to celebrate. They loved
There was a happy ending. They all
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THE PRINCESS CAPTURE
Once upon a time there was a little
princess. She lived in her faraway castle.
She went outside on her third birthday.
She was so excited that she went
wandering in the forest and met an old
lady. The old lady looked like a witch – she
had a witch’s hat, a black cat, a black robe
and, the scariest part of all, even had a
The princess was only three though,
so she didn’t know the rules yet. The
witch said, “If you come with me I will give
you a pet frog, and I will also give you ten
lollipops.” The princess was so little that
she fell for this and went with the witch.
One hour later her mammy called her
– she thought she was just playing with
her friends. When she called, the princess
wasn’t there, so the mammy and daddy
asked her friends where she was. “Was
she playing with you?” they asked. The
children said, “She never came to play with
us.” The mam and dad started to worry.
The witch had taken the princess.
After an hour, they arrived at a lighthouse.
In the lighthouse there was a witch’s
cauldron, and a cat cauldron that the cat
slept in. There were also types of potions,
like a big-head potion, a make-yousmelly-potion,
a potion that would make anybody into
whatever you wanted them to be and even a slave.
The most dangerous potion of all was the one
that turned someone into a flower because somebody
could pick you and you would die. The witch thought
she might give the princess the flower potion and
put her in the field with all the daisies so her parents
would never find her, but she wanted to keep her for
herself so she kept her in the lighthouse instead for
years and years.
One day the princess’s father came along.
He heard the princess singing. He knew the song
because she always sang it when she was little.
The king thought that he might actually get his
daughter back. He knew that love was one of the
most magical powers. The witch was gone so he had
a good idea - he sang the exact same song, then
the princess, now almost 15 years old, recognised the
song and wandered out of the cave.
“It has to be my dad,” she thought. “I can’t believe
I fell for that trick when I was little. I’ll go and check
just in case.”
Ten minutes later she found her dad. The king
called the queen and said, “I found our princess!” They
were all delighted and had a big party – luckily they
were in time for her 15th birthday.
As for the witch, the king let her sit down in the
castle for the party but he gave her a drink that was
actually the flower potion! She popped into the field
where the princess found her and picked her and that
was the end of the witch.
LUCY AND THE WHALE
One day, I went to the beach with my
older brother and her mum and dad. I
was so excited. My mum said, “Lucy
dear, can you get ready?”
I said, “Okay, Mum.”
We were at the beach. I put
sunscreen on. I went in the water.
It was warm. I saw something
splashing. It was a whale. It could
talk! It was called Ellie.
She said, “I can’t find my way
home. Can you help me?”
I said, “Of course.”
It was nighttime. I spotted a
lighthouse. The light guided Ellie
home. We were best friends.
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THE CHOCOLATE LIGHTHOUSE
Once lay a lighthouse on a little island.
Legend has it that the lighthouse contained
a lighthouse, but nobody believed it. But it did
make sense, since the owner died long ago and
the light still flashes.
The island is known as the Little Lost
Island and there have been lots of sightings of
UFOs, dragons and more fantasy monsters. It is
called the Little Lost Island because it is always
moving around in the deep blue sea. Whenever
ships sail by, the light flashes off, on, off, on.
One day two people had had enough.
Their names were Max and Lilly. It was a
stormy night out and they had snuck out of
the house and were on the pier. But one thing
was in their way. A great big bulldog was
sleeping and drooling, blocking the way
to the boat. So as quietly as possible they
tiptoed past but were not quiet enough.
The enemy lunged forward. They dashed
THE GHOST IN THE LIGHTHOUSE
to the boat, leaped in leaving the angry dog
As Max and Lilly were sailing, tentacles
came out of the water and they were off! The
battle was intense, but in the end, squid won
and the pair were carried out to Little Lost
Island by the waves! They wandered into the
lighthouse and they went to the basement, but
no ghost was in there. Soon they went up to
the top. It took a very long time, but they made
it to the top, and there was a ghost, sitting in an
armchair, like he was waiting for them.
Max and Lilly told the ghost about the
squid. He flew away, defeated the squid and
brought them back to their families. And that
is why not many people have a pet giant squid.
Once upon a time there was a lighthouse. Some people lived there. Their names were
Jack and Owl. They were lifeguards. They loved chocolate so much that they built a special
chocolate room in their lighthouse.
One day a storm came. Parts of the lighthouse were very dangerous and the floor
started to break. The bedrooms were not safe. The lounge was dangerous, with large
The wind went WHOOSH and broke the door.
The glass broke where the chocolate was, while Jack and Owl where in their beds fast
asleep. When they woke, they went downstairs. They found chocolate on the water!
They cleaned it all up and put it back in the glass.
In the lounge, there were sea creatures coming in everywhere. There were sea
creatures floating all over the lounge! On the piano, on the lights, on the rug and on the
cushions, even on the TV! They cleaned everything up.
Then there was a giant octopus. He smashed the walls. The alarm went off. Jack and
Owl were unsure what to do, so they dried everything off until all the rooms were all tidy and
fabulous. Jack and Owl invited their friends over. They went to the playroom and played.
Jack and Owl had to go in their lifeboat because somebody was stuck in the sea. So,
they went to rescue them. But the sea got higher and higher and higher. So they quickly
built a deck on their boat and then they steered the boat away from the high sea.
Then they went to rescue the people.
After that it was late. Their friends in the lighthouse were getting bored. They decided
to leave without waiting any longer for Jack and Owl. After a day they felt a bit sad and then
they went back to meet each other again.
Jack and Owl and their friends had a lovely big feast in the lighthouse. They
had sausages and crabs. The kids had colouring to do and the adults had
word searches. They had a lovely time. Jack and Owl lived happily
Oh, and we forgot
about the extra special
chocolate room, where all
the chocolate was green
because that was their
favourite colour! Jack
and Owl went to sleep
and had lovely dreams.
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THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER
MAPLE ON HER ADVENTURE
The lighthouse keeper went to
turn on the light but then there
was a tiny…
The lighthouse keeper lived at
the other end of the island. It only
takes nine minutes to get there.
Don’t be afraid. There is a boat
in trouble. Is it going to sink?
…dot. Phew! It was just his fairy
Then suddenly the two friends
saw a ghost who was driving a
bus. They were shocked.
“Save that boat!”
Her name was Rosie. Rosie
lived next to the lighthouse.
The bus was at the lighthouse.
The ghost was dropping off the
people. The lighthouse keeper
and Rosie became friends with
We saved the boat!
On a bright, sunny morning, Maple the Dog
woke up and leaped out of bed. After she
ate her food and drank her water, she went
for her morning walk. Then she went back
home and went for a long nap, waking up at
Maple played with Lolly the Cat for
thirty minutes and then went to the garden
to destroy some plants...well, at least she
tried to, but my mom said no. So Maple went
to get a big tasty snack.
The next day, Maple was very keen
on going outside because she had spotted
another dog eating treats! She was barking
at the door and trying to open it at the same
time. My dad finally came, opened the door
and took her outside.
Maple was running out of the house
when her lead snapped in half. She ran to
get treats from another dog’s owner and she
managed to get a big bone. My dad didn’t
notice because he was looking at Twitter,
holding the other half of the lead and thinking
Maple was still there.
Maple was so excited with the bone that
she ran to the top of the nearby mountain.
When Maple had finished her treat, she
realised that she was lost. She barked
and howled sadly. Maple went down the
mountain, hoping someone would help her.
She saw something that looked like a house
and dashed to it, but it was a rusty shed that
was so dirty she thought it looked like it had
been built five hundred years ago.
Maple was still searching for someone
to rescue her when she spotted something
that was tall and seemed to be in the middle
of the ocean. It looked like some building
so Maple dived in the ocean and swam fast
to see if she was right. She was - it was
a lighthouse! She was wet, exhausted and
hungry and went in to see what was inside.
At the entrance, Maple saw a spider. She
barked at it and scared it away. Then, she
accidently flicked a dirty lever with her tail.
The light from the lighthouse went on. It was
so bright it was hard to see. Maple dashed
out of the lighthouse, right when a big weirdlooking
“Rescue that dog!” said the captain to
One of the crew leaped out of the boat
and swam for the dog. The sailor held her
and brought her inside the boat. Maple was
so happy that she ran around the boat three
times in a row! When the boat finally arrived
at Dublin Port, Maple’s saviour took her
along and went knocking on every door to
find her owner.
It took a while, but finally he knocked
on the right door! My mom was so happy
and told everyone inside that Maple was
back. We made a huge cake only for Maple!
It took Maple such a long time to eat it.
Victor Bernhard (9)
Arthur Bernhard (7)
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THE LIGHTHOUSE GIRL
Once upon a time, there lived a girl called
Anna. Although her family were rich, they
lived in an extremely old lighthouse, where
her father was the lighthouse keeper.
There were only two things that they
did not know about lighthouses:
1. There were at least five families of fairies
in every lighthouse
2. In every lighthouse, there is a button
which makes the lighthouse shoot
384,400 kilometres into the air and land
on the moon.
The problem with this button was that it
looked exactly like the Turn-On-Light button.
So if you accidentally pressed this button –
well, you know what would happen.
This story is about when Anna pressed
the Take-Off button. It happened one
evening when Anna’s father asked her to
press the turn-on-light button. She went
downstairs and pressed the take-off button
by mistake. Well, the lighthouse shot up
384,400 kilometres into the air and landed
on the moon. Anna and her mummy and
daddy had a strange feeling, as though they
were hurtling through the air, so they peeked
outside. And then they saw the aliens.
The aliens looked very strange indeed.
They were big, furry creatures with red
faces, but their ears were green, and their
noses were yellow. They had no necks or
arms, their bellies were striped black and
blue, and they had rabbit ears with eyes at
the top, purple legs and orange feet.
Now, you might have thought there
was no oxygen on the moon. Well, you were
wrong. The moon has as much oxygen as
the Earth. So, Anna and her family came
out of the lighthouse, and went out onto the
surface of the moon. The aliens were scared
but interested, so they ran away to hide but
they watched what Anna and her parents
were doing. Anna was puzzled.
“What are they and what are they
doing?” she asked.
“I think they’re aliens, but I don’t
know what they’re doing,” replied her
mother. Suddenly, they heard a noise
behind them. They looked around, and
what did they see: seventeen families
of fairies flying out of the lighthouse!
They were scattering fairy dust as
Anna was a bit surprised. So she
said, “Where on Earth are we?”
“We’re not on Earth,” replied her
father. “We’re on the moon.”
“How did we get here?’ Anna
asked. “I just pressed the Turn-On-
Anna’s mother had an idea.
“Anna,” she said, “could you show us
the button you pressed?”
“Okay.” Anna showed them the button
she had pressed.
“Could you press it again?” asked her
“Sure,” said Anna, and then she
Sure enough, when she pressed the
button the lighthouse jumped off the moon,
landing back in its normal place. And so they
went back to their normal lives.
But now, whenever they look at the
moon, they think about the aliens that they
know are up there. And maybe one day they
will go back and make friends with them.
THE LIGHTHOUSE STORY
Jim was coming inside one evening with the wheelie
bin after playing football with his friend Dave. Dave
had gone home to his house. Jim was very tired after
a long day. When he came inside, his dad had supper
ready for him. It was his favourite, pancakes! Jim ate
them all up and went upstairs to get his pyjamas on.
Suddenly, everything seemed a lot darker than
before. Jim felt an electric trickle go down his spine
as he shivered in the blackness. He turned on the
light and looked out the window. The lighthouse light
seemed to be...off?! But how could it be off, or what
was the problem??
Jim ran downstairs to get his dad.
“Dad! Dad!!” shouted Jim as he ran downstairs.
“The light is gone out at the lighthouse!! We need to
fix it or ships coming in to dock will crash!!”
“Well then, let’s go! What are we waiting for?!”
“We’re waiting for me to get dressed again, that’s
what! I’m wearing my pyjamas!!” answered Jim.
“I’ll pack up the boat. Meet me outside,” said Dad.
Dad walked rapidly outside to get the boat ready
while Jim rushed upstairs to get dressed. By the time
Jim was downstairs in his clothes, Dad was finished
packing the boat.
“Are we all set for our trip, Jim?” asked Dad.
“Yes!” declared Jim.
“Then let’s go!” answered Dad.
“Okay,” replied Jim.
While they were sailing on the water, Jim could
hear the noise of the waves rushing up to the sides
of the boat. When they reached the lighthouse, Dad
parked the boat at a little inlet at the island. Then
he and Jim got out their tools and set to work. The
lighthouse keeper helped.
It took a long time but at last they were finished.
The lighthouse keeper thanked them and they went
back home. Now, everybody was happy.
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MIDNIGHT FEAST AT THE
Ping and Kitkat were on holiday in Summer
Cove. It was a sunny day, so they went to
the beach. They played with a ball and wool
and built sand mice. They had never been in
“Oooh. What’s that?” they wondered,
as they watched the waves. They crept
closer but got soaked when a wave splashed
They sat down to dry off. Ping saw a
really high tower with a light going all around
it, like a siren.
“What’s that?” asked Ping.
“It’s a lighthouse!” replied Kitkat. “Let’s
check it out.”
They ran to the end of the beach and
out to the bottom of the lighthouse. When
they got close, they saw a fox who went
inside the lighthouse.
“Kitkat, did you see that? A fox opened
the door and went inside the lighthouse. I
want to see inside too!”
They opened the door and went in.
They were at the bottom of the stairs.
“There are so many steps!” cried Kitkat
but Ping had already started to go up.
It took them a long time to climb up.
When they got to the top, they saw the fox
standing next to the light.
“What are you doing?” asked Ping?
“Oh, hello! I’m fixing the lighthouse.
Sometimes the light gets stuck and stops
spinning.” The fox brushed the dust out with
his bushy tail. Suddenly, the light began to
turn. The fox ducked down and moved away.
The light was spinning again!
“Yay! You fixed the light!’ cheered
Kitkat and Ping.
“It’s getting dark. Would you like to stay
over and have a midnight feast?” asked the
“Yes please, that sounds fun. But we
didn’t bring anything to eat.”
“No worries,” said the fox. “I have lots I
can share. Do you like ice cream?”
Kitkat chose vanilla and Ping picked
strawberry. They ate ice cream and looked
out of the lighthouse window. They saw lots
of boats and a whale.
In the morning, they said goodbye to
their new friend. It had been the best night
ever. Every time they went to the beach,
they would visit their new friend and help
look after the lighthouse.
THE MAGIC LIGHTHOUSE
Today I went to the beach with my family
because it was sunny. I built sandcastles and
went into the sea but then Mum said it was
time to go for a walk.
So I went strolling down the beach.
Then something caught my eye…it was a
cave! I went into the cave, right down to the
back. There was a strange light back there.
It was a door and it led out of the cave onto
“WOWZA - a lighthouse and a puffin!” I
exclaimed. “How lucky can I get?”
“Hi, I’m Polly the Puffin,” said the
puffin. “I’m sad because I can’t find my baby
“Oh no!” I shouted.
“Can you please help?” asked Polly.
“Of course,” I replied. “But how can I
“If you run around the lighthouse three
times, you can fly for one day,” said Polly.
So I ran around the lighthouse three
“Okay, now you need to focus,” said
Wow, I was flying! It felt brilliant.
“Let’s look for your baby,” I said to Polly
and we searched the beach together.
“Wait, is that your baby at the top of the
“Yes, it is!” Polly shouted with joy.
“Pippy, Pippy! It’s Mammy! Are you okay,
sweet love?” yelled Polly to her baby.
“I am, Mammy, but me foot is stuck.”
Polly and I flew straight down to her.
Between us we gently pulled Pippy free. We
all flew back down to the entrance of the
cave. Polly and Pippa gave me big puffin
hugs and kisses. Polly thanked me for
helping to save Pippa.
“Flap your wings three times while
running backwards around the lighthouse
and you will turn back to yourself,” said Polly.
I did what she said and it worked, I
was back to myself, I ran back into the cave
waving at Polly and Pippa
“Bye, bye!” I shouted.
It was a really great adventure but I was
glad to be back to myself and with my own
family but I will never forget flying around the
lighthouse with my puffin friends Polly and
In a small lighthouse in County Mayo, there
lived a boy called Liam. He lived with his
mom and dad - their names were Tom and
One morning, Liam woke up and got
changed. Just when he was putting on his
last shoe, he saw a grey dot on the shore.
He ran down the stairs like a bullet. He
was so fast he couldn’t hear his mom say
good morning, he didn’t know what she
was saying. He opened the door and looked
around. Liam saw the grey dot, it appeared
to be a grey seal!
Liam saw that the grey seal had a cut
flipper. He ran inside and looked in the press,
he took out bandages and ran outside again.
The seal didn’t move a bit. Liam put the
bandage on the cut seal and he went inside
to get food. Liam checked a lot of presses
and finally found some smoked salmon, he
took three strips and fed it to the seal. Once
Liam fed it the seal looked a lot better.
Liam ran inside, looking for his dad. He
always knew that his dad was an expert in
seal knowledge. He found his dad sitting
iin the armchair, watching the news. Liam
told his dad about the seal. Tom paused the
news and ran outside. He found the seal in
front of him. The seal managed to drag itself
forward a bit. Tom went towards the seal.
“Is it okay?” asked Liam.
“He’s fine,” said Tom.
“So, the seal’s a boy?” asked Liam.
“You should name him,” Tom replied.
“Okay,” said Liam, “Hmmm… what
would be a good name for a seal?” Liam
“I know!” Liam shouted excitedly,
“Okay,” said Tom.
“Can we keep him?” Liam asked his
“Yep,” Tom replied.
“Yay!” Liam shouted. The lighthouse
was growing darker and Liam realised it was
“I think we need to bring this guy in,”
said Tom, “But, where are we going put
“I know!” shouted Liam. “The bath!”
“Okay,” said Tom.
Tom heaved Grey up and carried him
towards the bathroom. Liam filled up the bath
and put Grey into the water. Grey splashed
when he just went in and didn’t splash much
The next day, the storm had passed
and Grey’s flipper was healed.
Now that Grey was able to swim again,
Liam put on his wetsuit and all day they
played and played, until the lights on the
lighthouse flashed on in the dark.
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A WINDY ADVENTURE
One day in Dún Laoghaire, a little boy named
Jonathan and his dog, Bobby, were looking
out the window of their house. Jonathan was
eight years old and Bobby was nine. Bobby
had a few names: he was called ‘The Bobby
Doggy,’ ‘The Bobster’ and ‘Cotton Bobby
Socks.’ He was fluffy and white.
Jonathan and Bobby noticed that there
were lots of clouds in the sky that day and it
was getting very windy.
Suddenly, there was a huge bang and
the windows blew open. A big gust of wind
came into the room and Jonathan and Bobby
were sucked out of the window and went up
high, high into the sky. Jonathan held onto
Bobby as they flew through the air.
“Wooh, Bobby, hold on tight!” said
Jonathan. “We are going to have an
They went up higher and higher and
they could almost touch the clouds. As they
were blown across Dublin Bay, they could
see an airplane. It was white with a green
shamrock on it. They bumped into the wing
of the plane and went flying downwards
passing a scared seagull on the way. Then,
all of a sudden, the wind became lighter and
they started to go down slowly to the ground.
They looked around and saw they had landed
at a big lighthouse. It was black and white,
and there was a little white cottage beside it.
“Let’s go and knock on the door, Bobby.
Maybe the lighthouse will help us find our
A man called the lighthouse keeper came
out and said, “Who have we got here?”
“I’m Jonathan, and this is my dog. We
have been blown away from home and now
we are lost.”
“Oh dear, come with me, and we’ll see
what we can do.”
They entered the lighthouse and looked
up. They couldn’t believe how many steps
there were all the way up to the top. “Let’s
go up,’’ said the lightkeeper, so Bobby ran
up, as he loved steps.
When they got to the top, the
lightkeeper said, “This is the lantern room.
Maybe you can see your house from here.”
Jonathan and Bobby were amazed, and they
looked outward toward the sea.
Jonathan shouted, “I can see my house,
but how on earth will we get all the way back
“Don’t worry,” said the light keeper. “I
have a plan.”
The light keeper flashed the light
three times and a big ship called Granuaile
“Wow! That’s magic,” said Jonathan.
“You are in luck. Granuaile is going to
Dún Laoghaire today and she will bring you
home. The lights of the lighthouse will guide
“Hoorah!” said Jonathan and “Woof!”
“All aboard!” said Captain Dermot.
They sailed to Dún Laoghaire and
waved goodbye to the lighthouse. Bobby sat
on the bow of the ship with the wind blowing
in his furry coat and Jonathan laughed,
“You have a new name now, Bobby the
CAEL AND THE LIGHTHOUSE
On a bright summer day there was a big, shimmering, aqua blue fish. It
wasn’t an ordinary fish - it was a checkered fish! The name of the aqua
blue fish was Cael.
Cael was swimming in the ocean and in the blink of an eye, Cael
saw a bright light that he had never seen before. Then Cael noticed he
was in Northern Ireland! Behind him there was a bright yellow and dark
black lighthouse! When Cael was looking around, he heard someone
calling his name. Suddenly, someone tapped his tail and behind him were
two fish: a goldfish with blue eyes and a big tail, and another goldfish but
with pale pink scales and purple eyes.
“Who are you?” said Cael.
“We’re your family,” said the pale pink goldfish.
“But my family died many years ago,” said Cael.
“We almost died. We were caught in a fisherman’s net but managed
to get out of it. When we got out, you were gone,” they said.
The pale pink goldfish then said, “I’m your sister Katie and beside
me is your mom, Lily.”
Cael then asked, “But if you’re my family, then where is my dad?”
“He went looking for you four months ago and never returned,” Lily
Cael said, “I will find him. I promise.”
All of a sudden, Cael heard something. “I have a friend who can
help you,” he heard another fish with light pink scales say.
Cael asked, “Who are you?”
“I’m Aura. My friend Clover, a human girl, can help you,” she said.
“Cael, we have to go, but meet us in the cave right beside you.”
“Yes Mom, but she is a human. Can she talk to us?” said Cael.
“Yes, she can,” said Aura.
“But how?” asked Cael.
“Let’s stop talking and help your dad,” said Aura. When Clover
came, they found a human who was wearing a black jacket.
“That is your dad in the bag. We have to save him. I will get the
keys.” said Clover.
When Clover was looking for the keys, she noticed that the they
had dropped from the man’s hands and so she ran and got the keys.
Then she unlocked the lighthouse. Cael’s dad was in the yellow and
black lighthouse and when they unlocked it, they found him!
Clover took Cael’s dad and put him back in the ocean. Then the
family was reunited again and they lived happily ever after.
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THE MAGIC LIGHTHOUSE
A long time ago, there was a little boy called
Pete. One night, there was a spooky shadow
shining on the wall of Pete’s bedroom.
“Aaaa!!” shouted Pete. But then, he
looked closer at the shadow. He couldn’t
tell what it was, so he tiptoed really quietly
out his bedroom, down the stairs, trying to
miss the creaky stair. It made a little sound,
but it wasn’t too loud. He opened the front
door and went out onto the street. He went
down to the sea and saw a lighthouse. There
were a lot of birds, including a weird type
of magical bird. That wasn’t the only weird
thing. The weirdest thing was the lighthouse
was flying. He jumped into the water, swam
across to the lighthouse and tried to get in,
but there was no key. He turned around to
look for the key and saw something in the
distance that was very strange.
“What are you?” Pete said.
“I am a hippocrapoopee,” said the
“Wow!” Pete said astonished, “You can
“Of course I can!” said the
hippocrapoopee. “I’m magical.”
“There’s no such thing as magic or a
hippocr- whatever you said.”
“Yeah that’s the one,” said Pete
“If you don’t believe in magic, let me
show you that lighthouse.”
“I can see it,” said Pete
“Ah, but you can’t see the inside, can
you?” said the hippocrapoopee.
“Of course I can’t. There’s no key to it!”
“Yes, there is, I’m the key.” replied the
“What do you mean?” asked Pete.
“Just stick me in that massive keyhole
and you’ll see,” replied the hippocrapoopee.
“Well, I suppose you are a very odd
shape.” answered Pete. Then he opened
“Incredible! So many animals, or should
I say weird animals. Who do they belong to?”
“This crazy man over here who is a bit
like Willy Wonka,” said the hippocrapoopee.
“Oh that man! I saw him on the street
one day, but I didn’t know he was magic!
Let’s go upstairs.” said Pete.
The lighthouse was even cooler
upstairs. There were so many cool birds, a
bit like hummingbirds, but magic. They were
eating some weird flower. From upstairs,
Pete could hear, “I do it like this and I do it
like that, everything like that.”
“He really is crazy,” said Pete.
The weird man came and said, “You
can have a bird.” It was Pete’s lucky day. He
loved the birds.
“Thank you so much,” he said. “That’s
incredible!!” Then he looked at his watch.
“Aaaaaaaaaaa!! I better get home! My
parents could be waking up any second
He ran downstairs, swam across the
sea while the magical bird flew above him.
He ran up the stairs and tiptoed back into
bed. The hippocrapoopee had also come.
“Bye,” said Pete.
“Bye,” said the hippocrapoopee. “I hope
you come back soon and I hope you had a
“The fun has only just begun,” said
Oisín de Fréine
THE DARING ADVENTURE OF
DARRAGH THE DOLPHIN
Once upon a time, Darragh the Dolphin was
playing with his family and friends.
“Bedtime,” said Mum. So they went to
That night a fisherman got lost at sea
and asked the lighthouse keeper to turn on
the big light at the lighthouse. Darragh, saw
the light shining and thought it was morning,
so he went to get some fish for his family.
When he got to sea, there was a
big shoal of fish in the coral reef nearby.
Darragh’s wish was to eat fish all day, but
the thing Darragh feared the most was
a shark. Just when he getting lots of fish
for his family, a hammerhead shark came.
All the fish swam away and the shark saw
Darragh all alone.
“Ahhhhh!” said Darragh. The shark
came racing after him.
Darragh got back to the place that his
family were staying in for the night, but they
weren’t there. The shark was getting closer
and closer. Suddenly, his family and friends
started whacking the shark with their tails
and he threw up! Very annoyed, the shark
quickly swam away. The dolphins enjoyed
their feast. Darragh said, “Thanks for saving
His mum hugged him tightly and said,
“I love you.”
Suddenly, a big storm came and the
shark came back with his friends. But this
time they didn’t come after the dolphins,
they came after the fisherman on his boat.
“Help, help!” the fisherman screamed.
The shark started to circle the boat.
Two hours passed and the engine
was running low. Tears started rolling down
the fisherman’s face. He was thinking he
was going to die and his family would be
The sharks started jumping up trying
to chomp the boat with their teeth. The
fisherman was so nervous he turned red. All
of a sudden, the big light from the lighthouse
shone on his boat. All the sharks swam away
quickly, except for the biggest one who
was brave. The massive shark tossed the
fisherman out of his boat. Frightened beyond
belief, the fisherman swallowed a bucket full
of salty water. He swam as fast as he could
towards the lighthouse. Unexpectedly, a
large wave crashed into him, and he began
to sink down slowly into the dark, freezing
Darragh saw what was happening and
rushed with his family to save the fisherman.
His friends pushed the fisherman onto
Darragh’s back and Darragh brought him
safely to shore. The fisherman woke up on
the sand and saw all the dolphins swimming
in the water.
“Thank you for saving my life,” the
fisherman said. Slowly, he started to walk
up the path to the lighthouse. The lighthouse
keeper rushed out and checked if he was
The next day, the fisherman went down
to the shore and saw the dolphin again.
Darragh started to show off doing forward
and back flips for the fisherman. “I think I’ve
made a life saver friend.”
Once there was a girl called
Emily. She went to Mayo to see
her grandparents. Not far from
her grandparents’ house was a
lighthouse. She decided to go by
herself because she had heard a
story about lost treasure.
Emily went to the lighthouse
one evening. She went up all the
stairs but it turns out that she was
standing on a trap door and she
She was in a cave. There
was water in the cave and Emily
was scared, but she saw the
treasure boxes. But she couldn’t
open the treasure boxes.
Emily dragged the treasure
boxes home and opened them.
Inside were the crown jewels.
She delivered them back to
where they belonged.
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On an island far away
lived a lighthouse.
Ten years later, the lighthouse
went on fire.
Stop the story. I’m scared, so bye…
and read the
So the firemen came
and so Bllaa made best
friends with Mister Lighthouse.
The fireman came.
See those dots? The firemen
accidentally put them there
Okay, let’s stop. If you
find this scary just go to
the next page.
Okay, back to the story
So I’ll tell you about the dot.
It can make things move.
So now the lighthouse is not
on fire, so he went to the city.
So there he met an apartment called Bllaa. So Bllaa saw Mister
Lighthouse and BOOM.
LAND OF MAGIC
Once upon a time, there was a girl called
Rose and she was popular, smart and very
nice to people.
Every day she would read her books.
One day, she read a book that she had
found inside and old lighthouse.
She opened the book and suddenly
she had magic powers! She told her mom
and dad about it and they couldn’t believe
it when they saw that she had learned how
Rose then made her sister Sophia
magical as well and they both flew around in
the air together!
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THE MISSING WOLF
Once upon a time, there was a little boy called
Jack. He had a pet wolf.
One day they went exploring and found a
lighthouse that was haunted! When they went in,
they heard footsteps coming their way.
Jack hid behind a cupboard, but his wolf just
stood their barking. A few minutes later he looked
at his wolf and he was gone! Jack went crazy. He
ran back home to tell his mom! It took four hours
to calm down.
Two days later, Jack grabbed a plastic sword
and a toy shield. He set off to save his wolf. When
he entered the lighthouse, he heard growling and
barking. He climbed slowly up the stairs and found
His wolf was cornered. Jack found a bucket of
water and threw it at the ghost and it disappeared.
They went home and lived happily ever after.
THE SECRET OF GALLEY HEAD
Once upon a time in a fairy village, a young fairy called
Amber wondered how they could safely bring their
fairy boats to shore at nighttime. She decided to make
a tall tower with a light in it. Then she set off to build
her idea. She called it the Galley Head Lighthouse.
From here, the story begins on a lighthouse not far
from here called the Galley Head Lighthouse.
Once when a little girl was out walking with her
dog one morning, she saw the little fairy turning off the
light for the day. She came back that night wondering
if the little fairy was still there. The little fairy was and
she saw a shiny path leading to the lighthouse and
followed it. Under a mat was a small key. She grabbed
it and unlocked the heavy door. It opened up into a
huge room which surprised her. She spotted the fairy
going up the winding rainbow-coloured stairs. At the
top she saw the fairy lighting the lamp.
The fairy turned and winked at the little girl and
said, “Don’t tell anyone the magic of the lamp!”
They became best of friends and the secret of
Galley Head Lighthouse was never told!
MR SHROP-SHRAP AND THE
Once upon a time, there was a man named Mr
Shrop-Shrap. Mr Shrop-Shrap thought crazy
things. “I don’t know much, but I do know one
thing. Lighthouses are very useless things,” he
said one day.
Today Mr Shrop-Shrap decided to go on a
ferry ride. It took him two hours to get to the coast
where the harbour was. There was only one ferry
left when he arrived there, as it was quite late in
the day. However, that didn’t stop Mr Shrop-Shrap
going on his trip because he was a very stubborn
person. Once he had made up his mind to do
something, he would just do it.
He hopped onto the ferry in a flash. It was
about dinnertime when they got out to sea. Mr Shrop-
Shrap was very hungry and wanted some food. It was very
hard to decide what he wanted. He finally ordered some fish and
chips. At around eight o’clock, Mr Shrop-Shrap went to bed on the ferry, but at nine o’clock
he woke up and got out of bed. He thought he had heard a party happening, but it was
actually a big storm.
The captain came from the bridge of the ship with news. “We are approaching rocky
shore,” said the captain in a worried voice. Mr Shrop-Shrap started shouting, “Swim for your
life!” He was a very bossy person and usually overreacted.
Of course, nobody else agreed with Mr Shrop-Shrap. They got into an argument about
what they should do. Another passenger asked the captain why he was not steering the ferry
to safety. Mr Shrop-Shrap shouted, “It’s no use! It’s too dark and foggy outside!”
The captain shouted for everyone to calm down. “Don’t worry, I can see the lighthouse
ahead!” He swung back onto the bridge, steering and dodging the ferry away from the rocks.
Mr Shrop–Shrap asked, “How is that lighthouse going to help
us?” (Remember that Mr Shrop–Shrap thinks that lighthouses are
One of the passengers told Mr Shrop–Shrap that
the purpose of a lighthouse is to keep you away from the
dangerous rocks and show you where they are using its giant
light! Mr Shrop–Shrap was very surprised by this news!
The captain came out again and shouted, ‘We’re here!”.
A big round of applause and cheering started among the
ferry’s passengers. When everyone got off the ferry they all
went to celebrate.
Mr Shrop-Shrap learnt a very important lesson in life that
day and that is that every lighthouse is very useful indeed!
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THE MAN AND THE LIGHTHOUSE
Once upon a time a boy and his dad were
walking downtown. Then the boy saw a
lighthouse and he asked if he can go to the
The dad said yes. So they went to the
lighthouse. When they got there, there was an
THE MAGIC BUOY
“Why do we always get in trouble?” said Lucy,
cleaning up the glue on the wall.
“I don’t know, but you should stop testing out
your inventions on the school,” said Tom, squirting
more air freshener around.
“Done,” said Sam.
“Me too,” muttered Ella.
“I’m done now too!” snapped Lucy.
Just before everyone went home Ella showed
her pet fox around.
“Wow!” said Sam. Then everyone went home.
The next morning, eight parents were shocked
to find four children missing! The children were early
for school and a dragon took them.
“Aaah!” screamed Lucy.
“Help!” shouted Ella. The dragon had taken
those four at random.
They all woke up. Lucy saw a little old man. She
ran to him half shouting half screaming.
“Help! Where are we? How do we get back to
Leitrim? You know, on Earth!”
The old man giggled.
“This is no time for giggling,’’ said Lucy.
“Yeah,” said Tom. The others had caught up.
Ella’s fox started scratching the old man.
“I can’t help you,” said the man. He handed Lucy
a leaflet. “But maybe this can.”
“A magic buoy?” mumbled Lucy.
“Let’s give it a go!” said Tom.
They took a seat in a train. They saw a weird
plant out the window. When they finally got out of the
train, they had to sail out to sea in a boat.
“We’re here!” said Tom, Ella, Sam and Lucy. The
fox just squeaked.
They jumped into the water. When they all
touched the buoy, somehow they were back in school.
Just in time too.
The teacher said, “What’s your fox doing here Ella?
And why are your clothes dripping wet?”
Ella replied, “I have no idea!”
“You should be wearing dry clothes and no pets
in school. Detention!”
Then the dad asked the man can we go inside.
The man said yes.
When they went inside the man locked the door.
But there was a wave coming. So they climbed
out the window.
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THE ADVENTURES OF THE
No one really believes in magic; they just
think it’s only in stories. But that doesn’t
mean you can’t believe magic is real, plus
that’s what this story is about. Let’s get
Once there was a beautiful woman
called Rose. She had a husband called
Zack. Nobody knew that Rose and Zack
were friends with a magic lighthouse. They
were dying to have kids.
When they had twins, Rose and Zack
called them Aaron and Lilly. Aaron had
peach skin, blue eyes, rose red lips, freckles
and brown hair. Lilly, on the other hand, had
rose red lips, brown hair, blue eyes, freckles
and peach skin (in the water it’s sort of
tanned). The parents asked the lighthouse
to take care of Aaron and Lilly if anything
bad happened. The lighthouse agreed.
One night there were robbers. These
robbers stole Aaron and Lilly when they were
babies. The robbers’ names were Rebecca
and Ben. Now, as well as wanting to have a
child, Rebecca and Ben also wanted slaves.
When Aaron and Lilly were seven, they
didn’t remember being robbed as babies.
So, when Aaron and Lilly grew older, they
were good, but Rebecca and Ben grew
more and more cruel.
A few years later, Rebecca had a baby.
She called him Rupert. He had green eyes,
red hair, light pink lips and he was fat as a
pig. Aaron and Lilly thought he was super
ugly (but never told anybody, only each
One night, Aaron and Lilly were lifted
up out the window into the sky by the
lighthouse’s magic. They landed in the
middle of a forest. Why would a lighthouse
be in the middle of the forest instead of
guarding ships on an island?
Aaron was scared and puzzled at the
same time. Lilly, on the other hand, knew
what to do and ran straight into the walls and
into the lighthouse. Aaron looked for a door
but there was none, so he too ran straight
into the wall.
“Wow,” said Lilly.
“Lilly, it’s not safe,” said Aaron.
“You don’t know that. You have only
been in here three seconds,” she said.
“Well, I’m your older brother,” said
“Oh, look who’s turned into a scaredy
cat,” said Lilly.
“I’m only taking care of you!” screamed
“Scaredy cat, scaredy cat, scaredy
“Shut up and hide!”
“Why?” said Lilly.
“Hide,” Aaron said.
“No,” said Lilly.
“Hide,” he said.
“No,” she said.
“STOP SAYING NO AND HIDE!”
“I’m asking you a question, Aaron, why,
“Because, I said so,” said Aaron.
Lilly walked towards the window.
“LILLY, NOOOOOOOO!” Aaron shouted at
her. Lilly ignored him.
“Look, a magic wand,” said Lilly.
They stayed a few days. One day they
heard the lighthouse talk to them. They
became best friends. They went back to
their proper home and every free moment
they had, they spent it on each other.
I love a great happy ending.
THE GALLEY HEAD PUFFIN
One upon a time at Galley Head, there was a gannet
named Gerry. Gerry lived on his own.
When Gerry was out fishing one day, he found a
pearly egg on the ledge of a cliff. There was no other
nest in sight, so Gerry took the egg home with him.
Now, when Gerry was having a fishy lunch, a
rather extraordinary thing happened. The egg was
hatching! Out popped a puffin chick!
“Are you my mommy?” asked the puffin chick.
“No,” said Gerry.
“Where is she, so?” said the cute chick.
“I don’t know, I found you on a cliff,” said Gerry.
“Okay,” said the Puffin.
“I am going to give you a name,” said
Gerry, “Your name is Piffy the Puffin.”
Gerry fostered the puffin and took good
care of him until one day...Gerry met a couple
of puffins. They had been searching for their
chick since last year, they told Gerry.
Gerry brought them to Piffy and instantly the
puffin family was reunited. Piffy knew he was going to
miss Gerry… and Gerry knew he would miss Piffy….
So Piffy’s mummy said that Gerry could live next
door to them at the Galley Head Lighthouse. They
could see each other every day.
They all lived happily together in the safe light of
the Galley Head Lighthouse.
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SHINE A LIGHT
Once upon a time there lived a grouchy old
man called Frank.
Frank lived in a lighthouse all by himself.
One night, he woke up and saw a shadow
on his bedroom wall. Frank got out of bed,
turned on the light, but there was nobody
there. The next morning, he went down to
the kitchen and found it was wrecked. And
most of the things were gone.
Then he heard a voice. “This is my
lighthouse, get out!” Frank turned and saw a
very old man standing beside him.
Frank said to the man that the lighthouse
was his and the man asked what year it was.
“2020,” said Frank and the man looked
“I was the lighthouse keeper in 1920,”
“I didn’t know that,” said Frank. “Why
are you here now?”.
“I am back to get my gold and silver.”
He ran past Frank and up to where the
lighthouse beam was switched on.
“Gold and silver?” said Frank.
“Yes, the beam from this lighthouse
is coloured gold and silver and needs to be
seen by everyone! You have been forgetting
to do it! You must always shine the light for
everyone,” he responded.
“Yes,” said Frank, “I’m lazy, but I’ll make
sure I do it in the future.” And they watched
the light shining out across the sea.
Once upon a time, there was a lighthouse.
One day, the light stopped working.
The ships were in trouble, they could
not see anywhere. Luckily, a builder had just
come to the island. He went up the stairs
and then he saw the problem. One of the
wires had been eaten by termites!
The builder didn’t have a termite
stopper, but the person in the lighthouse
had anti-termite spray. He sprayed it on the
termites and they disappeared! The builder
fixed the wire, but the lighthouse light did
not turn on.
One of the termites had eaten another
wire! The builder did not have enough things
to fix this. But on the floor of the lighthouse,
he saw something that could fix it. It was
a soldering iron. He picked it up and fixed
the wire. The lighthouse light turned on, but
boat had come so close to the island that it
was about to crash in. The builder threw out
some rubber to stop the boat breaking.
Then everything was back to normal.
THE MAGICAL LIGHTHOUSE
There was a girl called Mira, who was out
having a walk. She saw a lighthouse and
she went in. It was very dark in the lighthouse
and full of cobwebs.
“I wish there was a torch!” said the
girl and suddenly a torch appeared out of
“Where did that come from?” asked
Mira. Then she went up the stairs.
“I wish there were no cobwebs!” and
then the cob webs disappeared. “Cool!” said
Then she saw a broken light. “Fix it!”
and the light was fixed.
She said, “Home!” and a door appeared.
She went in and went home. She went to
The next day, when Mira was having
breakfast she said, “I want to go back to the
She went there and said the word,
“Monkey.” A monkey jumped out the window.
She loved the monkey and went home with it
and lived with it.
THE PIG-SHAPED LIGHTHOUSE
Once upon a time, on a mushroom island,
lived a man called Jack and his two
granddaughters; Emily and Samantha. The
island got its name because it was made
completely out of mushrooms. Jack had a
very important job on Mushroom Island as
he took care of the lighthouse and they all
lived in it. It was a funny sort of lighthouse as
it was the colour pink with white stripes and
was shaped like a pig.
One day, they really wanted to get pizza
for their dinner, but they couldn’t because
there was no pizza anywhere on Mushroom
Island. They went on a trip to try to find
some pizza and followed a map for a place
called Pizza Island. It sounded like the most
amazing place ever and they were very
excited to go there.
It took just two minutes to get there
due to their supersonic speed ship. The
first person they met when they got off their
ship on Pizza Island was a postman riding a
chicken. The postman told them where they
would find the very best pizza on the whole
island. It was at Number 54E on Margherita
Street. A lady called Hannah owned this
take-away, and she made the best pizzas
in the whole world. People travelled
from everywhere to try them. The pizzas
were so nice that some people even fainted
They went straight there and ordered their
pizza. As soon as it was ready, they went
back to their ship so they could eat the pizza
at home while it was still hot.
On their way back, they were travelling
so fast that they almost crashed into an
iceberg. The lighthouse on the island saved
the day because it was shining so bright that
they could see the ice sparkling, and they
narrowly avoided it.
Samantha had been sneakily eating
some pizza during the journey because she
didn’t want to have cold pizza. She was
supposed to be on the look-out for any
icebergs, but was so busy eating pizza that
she didn’t notice until it was almost too late.
When they got back to their home, they
all enjoyed the rest of the pizza.
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THE GUARDIAN OF THE LIGHTHOUSE
I am Solas, the guardian of the lighthouse. I have lived in this lighthouse
for three hundred years. I inherited my job from my grandfather, as he
did from his. Everybody knows my job is to lead the ships away from the
rocks surrounding the beach, but I used to have a secret.
Before I came, my grandfather had become deaf and his eyes had
rusted. They could only look in one direction, so anybody could sneak in
and this is what happened. One evening, a gang of smugglers went up
to the lighthouse and turned the light so that the ships would not know
where to go. They were only looking for one particular ship, though. It
was a special ship. It was carrying magic pearls in its cargo bay.
When the ship crashed, they ran up to it and stole the pearls. They
then put them in a chest and hid it inside the lighthouse at the very top,
above the light. The smugglers planned on coming back one month later
to retrieve the pearls. They were doing this so that they wouldn’t run
into any police investigating. But when they went back, they had no idea
there were police guarding the lighthouse so as soon as they walked in,
they got caught.
Five years later, I moved into the lighthouse. At that point, I too did
not know there was treasure within. In one of my many days of looking
around the lighthouse, making sure I knew every nook and cranny, I
found the chest. I opened it up and saw the magical pearls. I knew what
they were because my grandfather had told me great stories about them.
Some of them could control the ocean, making waves and tsunamis,
while others could control the wind and weather. But they all belonged to
one person, a demi-god named Xar.
For years after, people tried to steal the pearls from me, but I
protected myself by shining my light into their eyes and blinding them.
Without the pearls, the ocean and weather were terrible. There were
storms every day and nobody could go out for a safe swim anymore,
so I set out on a quest to return them. I separated my body from the
lighthouse and flew across the ocean, dodging all the whirlwinds and
waves until I got to The Edge, where I found Xar. He told me that he had
been in a battle and been banished by his father, the God of Elements,
for breaking the rules. He had been living there for over one hundred
years and the pearls, his only way of escape had been stolen by Dark
Force and thrown on to the ship to frame the crew.
I returned the pearls to Xar and he broke out of The Edge. Together,
we battled the Dark Force and banished it to the Departed Realm. From
then on, the ocean and winds returned to normal and the Dark Force
Once upon a time there was a boy. His name was Liam. This boy was
scared of everything: fish, bananas, wardrobes and even dresses (that last
one probably sounded really weird). Anyway, Liam had four friends - Mike,
Ray, Tom and Bo and they helped Liam get through his fears.
One day at school Tom said, “My dad won a lotto, and it turns out the
prize was a fishing trip. My dad said that he and I were going to go tomorrow
night. He said I could bring a few friends, so I was wondering if you guys
would like to come?”
Mike, Ray and Bo said yes right away, but Liam was not so sure about
it. So Liam said, “I’ll check with my mom tonight.”
So, that very night Liam asked his mom if he could go. His mom said,
“Yes, as long as you are back in the morning.”
Liam was very happy. He picked up the phone and rang Tom, then
Mike, then Ray and then Bo. They were so happy too. The very next night
Tom, Mike Ray, Bo, and Liam were all ready to go on to the boat. When
they stepped on, there was no going back. Tom was about to board the boat
when Tom said, “Would you like to go first, Dad?”
Dad said, “Sure, why not?”
The boys were too scared to go first. After Dad, Mike went, then Ray
went, then Bo went, then Liam went, and finally Tom went. It was bumpy at
first, but then they got used to it and it was smooth sailing. Until they hit a
rock, and the boat went side to side, up and down, round and round while
the boys held on for dear life. They were so scared, until they hit a piece of
land. They were very relieved, but when they looked at the land they realised
it was an old lighthouse. They went inside. It was very quiet inside and there
was cobwebs everywhere. It was very dark. There were bats.
Then Dad said, “If I could get the light started, then I could shine it
on our solar powered boat to get the engine started and we can get out of
“Okay, Dad,” Tom said. “We will come with you.”
“Oh no, Tom you can’t come with me.” his dad said. “It is too dangerous.”
“Fine,” Tom said. “We will stay downstairs.”
But what they did not know was that the lighthouse was haunted. A
long time ago, there was a group of thirty teenagers, and they wanted to
find a safe place to smoke cigarettes away from their parents. So they set
sail and they came to the lighthouse. They went inside. They started to
Then, out of nowhere, a GIANT CAT had appeared and killed them all.
Suddenly, the GIANT CAT appeared. He killed Dad and all of the boys but
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ANN AND THE AMAZING
“Dear Mummy, I miss you…”
Ann’s mum was away for work in Hollywood.
She’s a popstar. Ann has a great life, rich with
experiences. Ann is eight years old. She has
ten horses and lives in a lighthouse. She has a
One day, she heard her father calling for
help. He was calling and calling. Ann was not
sure what to do. She entered the living room.
Ann’s father looked ill, very ill! Ann was scared,
she was the only one there to help him. Ann got
him to his feet. They stood on the top of their
lighthouse. Ann prayed he was still alive. She
heard a voice and it made her a little bit scared.
But Ann replied, “Hello?” Then she said in
a small voice, “My father is very ill. Please help
The voice replied, “It is me, your lighthouse.”
Ann was in shock. “I think I can help you.”
Suddenly, there was smoke everywhere and
pink flames. Ann’s father stood up and he was
better! Ann was gobsmacked.
Her father said, “Ann, how did you cure
Ann replied, “I think I will keep that a secret.”
DAVY JONES’S LOCKER
My father and I lived in a lighthouse on the west coast of Ireland, in Galway. My family
had worked and lived in the exact same lighthouse for generations and the lighthouse
was so old the paint was wearing out.
One stormy night my father and I climbed the spiral staircase up to the top of the
lighthouse. My father turned on the light and we were half-way down the staircase when
a bolt of lightning hit the bottom of the lighthouse and cut right through it, then the
lighthouse - with us still inside - fell into the ocean.
Suddenly an underwater current pulled us out to sea. We ended up in a mysterious
part of the ocean where hundreds of shipwrecks lay on the seabed. My father whispered
to me, “We’re in Davy Jones’s locker.”
My father had told me about this place before. It is where dead sailors and sunken
ships go, but we were still alive, weren’t we?
I looked down at my hands, I could see right through them. This could only mean
one thing -we were ghosts!
We are now trapped here, so whoever you are, please come and save us ....
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“Bagel, come back or you’ll get hurt!” shouted
the girl. But Bagel couldn’t stop running. He
had to save those kittens!
The storm had taken everyone by
surprise. The thunder and lightning had
scared the kittens away.
Bagel had just about saved the kittens
when he got struck by lightning. “Quick, bring
him to the vet!” was the last thing he heard
before the sound faded out.
When Bagel woke up, he noticed a
bandage around his paw and heard his owner
say, “From now on, you’ll be a house dog.”
But one day, Bagel decided to show
who he really was. So he set off to the
world’s oldest lighthouse. After two days
of continuous walking, Bagel fainted of
tiredness. When he woke up, he saw the
most beautiful Irish red setter.
“Bagel, if you are going to the lighthouse,
you’ll need me,” she whispered to him.
“How do you know my name and where
I am going?”
“I know your name because I was a
friend of your sister’s.”
“I had a sister?”
“You didn’t know? She was very nice
but went to live far away.”
“And how did you know that I was going
to the lighthouse?”
“I was just hoping you would... I’ve
always wanted to go there...”
“Why didn’t you then?”
“Because I heard that once someone
went in, they never came out.”
“Why were...never mind. Let’s just set
After many days, they finally saw
the lighthouse in the distance. As they
approached it, they heard whimpers coming
from inside. They nearly wanted to turn back
but something was telling them to go in.
When their eyes got used to the dark inside,
they spotted five beautiful little puppies
cuddled together for warmth.
From that day on, they made the
lighthouse their home and lived happily with
their five pups, Light, Lumina, Luce, Lumière
Éabha and Cathal love going to their uncle’s
house. He owned a lighthouse by the beach
and his house was next to it. In the summer
holidays they always visited.
“Pack up,” said their mum. “You don’t
want to be late.”
“I can’t wait!” said Éabha.
“Time to go!” said Dad. They raced
After three hours they arrived! Cathal
rang the doorbell.
“Come in,” their uncle said. “Have some
hot chocolate.” Then they went up to bed.
“Wake up!” said Cathal. “It’s 7am!”
They had breakfast - their Uncle Pat made
“I will take you to some shops, eat up!”
Off they went! The weather was nice.
They went to a clothes shop and bought
Then Éabha and Cathal saw the little
toy lighthouse. They bought it, but as soon
as they put it in a bag a man came running
He said, “I will give you double the
amount you paid!”
“It isn’t for sale,” said Cathal and they
walked away. “I don’t know what that was
about!” he said.
Uncle Pat had said to meet him in the
coffee shop, so they went there but they
were not hungry.
They went to bed but didn’t sleep! They
went to the lighthouse! They saw the man
from the shop. He was heading for their
uncle’s house! He went in. They dashed
back to their room and there was a small
hole in the toy lighthouse. They figured out
some clue must have been there!
When the morning came, they set off
to find the man’s house. They figured out
where he lived and waited until he left. They
found an open window and climbed in. They
searched everywhere and made a mess!
“We have to tidy it,” said Éabha. But
They hid behind a chair, but the man
just got his coat and went. Éabha asked,
“Did you check his coat?“
“No!” said Cathal. They checked the
other coats and found the clues. They tidied
up and went just in time - the man came
Éabha and Cathal went home to their
bedroom to figure out the clues. After two
hours they solved the anagram! It spelled
So they went to the lighthouse. They
looked and finally found a map! It led them
to the beach, onto the rocks and into a cave.
They found the treasure, but they stepped in
a trap and a net came down!
At the bad man’s house, he saw the clues
were gone, but he had written them down
and figured it out. He was on his way to the
lighthouse! He found the map and went to
the cave! He saw Éabha and Cathal trapped!
He laughed, but by accident he stepped on
Cathal saw a sharp rock and cut them
free and they got the treasure!
They called a policeman called Cormac.
Their mum picked them up. They had a
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THE SELF CREATOR
The Sharper family had come to stay in a
lighthouse on Inis Meáin. The lighthouse was
freshly painted with red and white stripes.
Rebecca Sharper (the cheekiest Sharper)
woke up dazed on a sunny Saturday
morning. Her best friends Tom and Elise
were sprawled out on their beds, snoring
away. Their snoring interrupted Rebecca’s
daze and because her friends were still
asleep, she could not help playing a trick on
She started making ghost noises
“Agggghhh!” screamed both Tom and
Elise as they woke up.
“Rebecca!” Tom began, but before he
could finish his sentence, Rebecca’s older
sister Mary shouted from the next bedroom.
“Hey, come listen to this!’
Tom, Elsie and Rebecca rushed into the
room, where Mary sat on her bed scrolling
through her iPad (as usual). “The lighthouse
we are in right now is in a legend of Irish
mythology!” Mary said, pausing to take a
“Go on,” urged Elise (who loved Irish
myths and legends).
it that a mythical
creature called the Self Creator roams the
lighthouse when there is a full moon.... and
there is a full moon tonight!’ said Mary.
“We had better keep an eye out so!”
They decided to go exploring, so off
they ran down the winding lighthouse stairs.
They entered a room which was completely
bare and walked around it silently until
Rebecca stumbled over a trap door. The
children gathered around, pulled open the
trapdoor and peered inside where there was
a rope ladder.
Rebecca, Tom and Elsie all climbed
down and when they got to the bottom, they
crept along a gloomy passage until they
came to a hidden doorway which led into to
a room. At one end of the room there was an
unsteady table with a large book lying on it.
Suddenly, the door clanged shut. They were
trapped. The book on the table sprang open
and out jumped a creature. It had a goats
head, the body of a dragon, eagle claws as
front legs and lion legs as back legs.
The children were amazed and a little
frightened. Elsie whispered “it’s the Self
Creator”. The Self Creator spun around and
floated towards them “what are you doing
in my lair?”it hissed. The children trembled
with fear but had nowhere to run. They were
trapped. Rebecca began to scream. The
dazed feeling came over Rebecca again
and she looked around the room and saw
only Tom and Elsie, sprawled on their beds
“Phew! It was all a dream! There was
no Self Creator.”
That night, as Rebecca was getting
ready for bed she looked out the window
at the beams from the lighthouse
as they shone across the sea.
It was then that she saw there
was a full moon in the sky. With
the beam of the light shining,
she could just about make out
the Self Creator and it was smiling
at her. Then it floated up and away into the
THE DAY TRIP ADVENTURE
During my summer holidays last year, I went
on a day trip with my brother and mom and
dad. We met my cousins Ann Marie and
Jack at the carpark of Red Strand in West
Cork. Red Strand is a really long beach with
loads of sand dunes and great hiding places.
While Mom, Dad, Auntie Sandra and
Uncle Martin were having their picnic, we
decided to go adventuring and crossed
the road without our parents seeing us
We started to climb up the hill across from
the strand. At the top of the hill, there is a
cross - known as the Devil’s Cross - where
the ghost of Jack Albatross roams the hill,
looking for his revenge.
As we reached the top of the hill,
the weather changed suddenly. The hill
was covered in fog, with spooky shadows
and shapes. We were all very frightened
as we could not see the way to get down.
Everywhere we looked, we thought we saw
the ghost of Jack Albatross.
Suddenly we heard a strange noise,
we thought it was the banshee and Jack
Albatross fighting, but chomh tapa le splanc
(as quick as a flash), I remembered our visit
to the Galley Head Lighthouse a few days
before and my Dad telling me how a foghorn
was used to warn ships that they were close
I turned my head to the direction of the
sound and through the fog I could make out
the faint flash of light, from the lighthouse.
Chomb sámh le liamhán greine (as calm as a
basking shark), we followed the light and the
sound which brought us to the safety of the
car park and our relieved parents.
I remember thinking to myself on the
way home that evening that the lighthouse
which saves ships from the rocks, saved
me, my brother and cousins from Jack
THE GHOST IN THE LIGHTHOUSE
Once upon a time there was a lighthouse
and in that lighthouse lived a man and his
dog. Fifteen years later the dog got sick and
his owner got scared so he called the vet.
“Oh, help my dog please!”
“Okay, I just need an address.”
“My house is Rockabill Lighthouse.”
“Okay, I can come in an hour if that
An hour later, ding dong! went the
“I’m coming!” said the man.
“Okay, where is the dog?”
The vet looked up. The man and his
dog were gone!
“Woooooaaaahhh!” cried the vet.
***TWENTY YEARS LATER ****
A new family has moved into Rockabill, and
what they don’t know is that the lighthouse
is haunted by a chau chau - the old owner’s
dog. This family had two kids and the kids
were very smart! They were called Gwen
“I don’t have a good feeling about this
place,” Gwen said to James when they
“Me too,” said James. “How many
stairs are there?”
“I don’t know,” said James.
Soon they started to see things, like the
ghosts. Over time they made friends with the
ghosts and played with the chau chau until
the family moved out in 1989.
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ROBBERY IN PROGRESS
One thousand years in the future there
are ten robot pirates: Bones the Leader,
Scar, Boots, Sabre Tooth, Two-Gun Billy,
Rockface, Cannonball, Knuckles, Chua-Poo
They were in the middle of planning
a robbery when they heard voices arguing
about who crashed a spaceship. All ten
pirates turned to see two aliens called Mike
and Bobby. They started screaming at the
sight of the pirates.
The pirates started screaming too!
Suddenly Bones shouted, “SHUT UP!”
The room fell silent.
Bones said, “We are in the middle
of planning a bank robbery and you are
making too much noise so you are now our
Mike the Alien said, “You’re not the
boss of us. So we’ll make you a deal.”
“We will?!” asked Bobby.
“Yes,” replied Mike. “We will help you
rob the bank on one condition.”
“Well, what is your condition?” Scar
“You build us a rocket to fly back to our
“Deal,” replied Bones.
After planning it all out, they decided to
rob the bank on Saturday at midnight. The
time finally came. They were prepared for
anything. Or so they thought.
But what they did not think through was
the lighthouse right beside the bank. The
light from the lighthouse would blow their
cover! They had to quickly find a way to shut
down the lighthouse. It was meant to be the
hardest lighthouse in the world to get into
so that nobody would be able to turn off the
light and cause a ship to crash. The pirates
and the aliens decided to try anyway.
Bones said, “Bobby, you are the
smallest. You can go through a hole and
open the door for us.”
“Everybody - look for the biggest hole
you can find,”ordered Scar.
“Yes, sir!” said everybody, apart from
Bones. Nobody tells Bones what to do!
Pirate Chua-Poo found a hole big
enough for Bobby the alien to squeeze
through. Bobby ran up the steps of the
lighthouse, panting as he got to the top. He
shut off the light.
The pirates and the aliens then carried
on with their plan to rob the bank. They
got a total of £100,000,000 and hid it in a
treasure chest with all their other treasure.
Once they were safely out of the bank,
Bones said, “Bobby, run up and turn back
on the light so no sailors crash.”
“Why do I have to do all of the running?”
“Because I am the boss of you tonight
and I tell you what to do!” said Bones. With
that Bobby did as he was told and turned
back on the light. So no sailors died that
The aliens had helped the pirates to rob
the bank and now the pirates did their part
and built a rocket for the aliens. The aliens
went back to their planet and lived happily
As for the pirates, they hadn’t thought
about CCTV cameras and were caught redhanded…
THE LIGHTHOUSE HOLIDAY
My Great Granny Ashie comes from
We go there on our holidays but it’s
very far away.
It’s right beside the lighthouse with
Achill far beyond,
But there’s a fun spot at the front of the
house, which is the Winkle Pond.
Lift the rocks and you will find all that
you could wish.
Crabs, shrimp, anemone and lots of
My grandad has a boat and he sails
across the bay.
We even get to meet some dolphins
along the way.
When we are sailing and it gets dark,
we never feel alone.
The lights of Blacksod Lighthouse are
there to guide us home.
We make some time to stop and fish
out beside the bouy.
Then we head home with fish for dinner,
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TAISCE SA TEACH SOLAIS
“Scéal eile, a Dhaideo!” Bhí Saoirse Ní Mháille
ar Oileán Acla ar saoire lena seanathair ar feadh
seachtaine sa samhradh. “Bhí an-spéis ag Saoirse sa
seoltóireacht, bua a tháinig tríd an gclann ó Ghráinne
Mhaol, an foghlaí mara cróga!
Rith Saoirse go deireadh an lána, áit a raibh
Caisleán Ghráinne Mhaol. Stop sí chun iomáint in
aghaidh an bhalla. Plimp! Go tobann thit seanchloch
den bhalla. D’fhéach sí suas sa spás a bhí fágtha.
Chonaic sí rud éigin ag gobadh amach. Shín Saoirse
suas chun é a fháil. D’oscail sí an scrolla go fiosrach.
Seanmhapa lámhdhéanta a bhí ann! Chuir sí é ina
mála go cúramach agus lean sí uirthi chuig an gcuan.
Shuigh sí ar charraig mhín chun mionstáidéir a
dhéanamh ar an léarscáil.
“Bfhéidir go bhfuil tasice le haimsiú?” a dúirt
Saoirse lei féin.
Thóg sí amach a feadóg stáin agus thosaigh sí
ag seinnt “Óró “sé do Bheatha Bhaile” ag macnamh
faoin léarscáil agus an taisce! Bhí na súile dúnta aici
ach chuala sí faoileáin agus glór na mara. D’aithin sí
fuaim eile. Tháinig rónnta isteach ar na carraigeacha.
Thuig Saoirse ansin go raibh uirthi taisteal go
Cliara. “Will you take me to Clare Island?” leis na
Saw Doctors an t-amhrán a bhí á chanadh acu, an
t-amhrán ab fhearr le Daideo!
Rith Saoirse ar ais go teach Dhaideo. Thóg sí
amach an mapa le sceitimíní agus mhínigh sí dó faoi
amhrán na rónta. “Seolfaimid go Cliara láithreach.
Caithfimid an mapa a leanúint!” D’fhéach Saoirse
ar shuaitheantas Uí Mháille thuas ar an mballa.
Smaoinigh sí faoi Ghráinne Mhaol agus an mapa.
Réitigh siad an bád. Chabhraigh an ghaoth
taobh thiar díbh leis an bád a stiúradh. Bhí Teach
Solais Chliara i bhfad uathu ach níorbh fhada gur
shroich siad an t-oileán. Shiúil siad go tapa suas chuig
Mainistir Bhríde. D’aimsigh siad tuama Ghrainne
Mhaol. D’aithin Saoirse an long a bhí snoite sa
chloch agus rianaigh sí an cruth lena méar. Chroith
an talamh agus léim sí siar le hiontas! Phioc sí suas
seaneochair mheirgeach ón talamh.
Thaispeáin Daideo na siombail ar an mapa di -
crosóg don mhainistir agus eochair in aice le teach
solais. “An Teach Solais!” arsa Daideo.
Ar aghaidh leo i dtreo an tí solais. Chas Saoirse
an eochair agus d’oscail an doras dearg le díoscán!
Dhreap siad suas na céimeanna. D’éirigh Saoirse
tuirseach ach lean sí uirthi go diongbháilte. Ar bharr,
chonaic siad gainéid bhána ag tomadh san Atlantach
Faoin lampa ollmhór glioscarnach bhí cloch a
bhog Daideo. I bhfolach taobh thiar de, bhí claíomh
galánta maisithe le seoda áille agus compás miotal
maisithe le rúbaí dearg!
Scrúdaigh Daideo iad. “Chuala mé ó mo
sheanathair féin go raibh an taisce ar strae le fada.
Rachaimid ag an Ionad Oidhreachta - ba chóir go
mbeadh an taisce ar taispeántas do chách.”
Síos leo ag an Ionad Oidhreachta, áit a bhuail
siad le Seán Ó Grádaigh, an bainisteoir. Ba bheag
nár thit an t-anam as. “Wow! Cár aimsigh sibh iad?”.
D’inis Saoirse an scéal ar fad dó.
Roimh seoladh ar ais go hAcla, bhain siad sult as
uachtar reoite! Amuigh ar na tonnta, d’fhéach Saoirse
siar ar an teach solais ag soilsiú ag deireadh an lae- lá
nach ndéanfadh sí dearmad air riamh!
Róisín Ní Dhondúin
Co Baile Átha Cliath
TOWARDS THE WIND
Lighthouses are bright and steady, looking over the sea
Inside the human breeze blows
Glowing over the wavy water and rugged rocks
Homes for families years ago
Time to light up the sky
Helping one ship stuck in a storm
Ocean waves go to and fro, watching as the sailors go
Until the sun rises and I stand alone
Shining a light to keep ships safe
Elegant waves look up to a tall bright tower that stands in the dark cold night
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THE MYSTERIOUS LIGHTHOUSE
Cornelius the lighthouse keeper arrived at his new home. It was windy and the sea
was rough. Before closing the door, he turned and saw a big wave crash over his
boat. Cornelius thought maybe this happened when a boat was in rough seas, so he
went inside and unpacked. It was dark and he searched for the light switch. There
were two levers - one labelled FORBIDDEN and the other blank, so Cornelius pulled
this one. The light flashed in his face but quickly went round the other side. Cornelius
went to bed after a long day.
The following morning, Cornelius rose early to explore. As his boat was damaged,
he went birdwatching instead and spotted fifty seagulls and swans. He made bagels
for breakfast before going outside to read and thought about what happened had
happened the previous day. It was suspicious but probably nothing to worry about.
Another week passed and the boat was beyond repair. Cornelius called his
brother, but he couldn’t help because he lived in Spain and the lighthouse was in
Northern Ireland. Cornelius considered contacting the police but decided maybe he
could live there in the peace and quiet. There was a long deck, perfect for fishing,
and he had a rod. This could be a brilliant beginning to the second part of his life.
The next day was his birthday. Cornelius was excited but there was a problem.
Yesterday, he had baked a cake. The room was decorated. Something was missing.
What was it?
“GUESTS!!” screamed Cornelius. He didn’t mind there were no presents, but
no guests?! Cornelius spent his special day alone, so sad that he went to bed at
4pm, without eating any cake! He didn’t even have a pet to comfort him. Could
Cornelius live like this forever?
Two years later, Cornelius knew people must be wondering where he was.
Would he be here forever? Things got even worse until Cornelius woke one dark
and gloomy morning. Still sleepy, he reached out to turn on the light and accidentally
pulled the forbidden lever! What had he done?! The lighthouse jolted, then slowly
elevated. Arms shot from the sides, a steering wheel burst out in front and a leg
“Where do you need to go?” boomed a voice.
“Home…” said Cornelius. “... to Belfast.”
“Okay,” replied the lighthouse. “You need to steer!”
This was the best day of his life. Cornelius was finally going home! They waded
through the sea but after one mile, they got stuck on a pile of rocks. Fortunately, a
clever whale came along and smashed the rock. They were free!
“Thank you!” said Cornelius. He wasn’t sure the whale understood but as this
world was unexpected and magical, it did!
“You’re welcome!” the friendly whale replied. They travelled until nightfall.
Cornelius turned on autopilot and slept soundly. When he woke, he saw people
on the beach and felt excited. Cornelius ate breakfast and returned to steering. They
arrived in Belfast at noon. His family were so happy, they ran into the water to greet
him. They went home and enjoyed lunch together.
Cornelius quit his job so that never happened again.
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CAMPING TRIP TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
Once there was a family who loved to camp by the lighthouse beside the sea. Their names
were Milly, Aria, Mum and Dad. Milly was six and had brown hair, green eyes and loved pink
and toys. Aria was twelve and a bookworm. She had blondy-red hair and had the same red
jumper and jeans on her usually (well, the jumper was different from time to time).
“Mummy!” shouted Aria.
“What?” asked Mum.
“Where are my swimmers?!”
“In the car,” said Mum, rolling her eyes. “Get out of the book, we have to go!”
They all hopped in the car with joy.
“Mummy, can we stop and get a snack?” said Milly.
“When we get there!” said Mum as she drove the car down towards the coast.
“Okey dokey!” said Milly.
“We’re nearly here,” said Dad, looking up from his book.
“Dad?” said Aria.
“How come you can read in the car?” laughed Aria.
“I don’t know,” said Dad. “It’s easy once you get the hang of it!”
Mum finally stopped the car beside the lighthouse.
“Yay! We’re here! Hip hip hurrah!” Milly said as she hopped out of the car in joy. Mum and
Dad started to put up the tent, which took a while.
“Sissy!” said Milly to Aria. “Play dolls with me!”
“Yippee!!” They played for a while until the tent was up.
“Daddy, can we go to the lighthouse?” said Milly.
“Let’s go to the lighthouse,” said Dad.
When they reached the lighthouse, they climbed to the top and looked out at the sea. Dad
took out his binoculars.
“I see a rare bird,” said Dad.
“Not very rare, it’s a pigeon, Dad” said Aria.
“Hello, Mr Whale!” waved Milly.
“‘Ello” Said Mr Whale.
“Let’s get down and go for a swim,” said Aria. They climbed down and Aria went back to
the tent and put on her swimmers and she started to swim around in the sea.
“Silly goose!” said Milly. After toasting fluffy marshmallows, they all got into bed. A few
hours later, they woke up to a flashing light. It was so colourful.
“Oh no!” said Aria. “I may have seen something about this before.” She opened her book
“That’s it! Get the lighthouse key, Dad!” said Aria. “Okay, now open the door and press
number 1263. Then turn the normal light off and on, repeat that five times and then lock the
door and run!”
Dad was already running to do it. He opened the door and did as Aria instructed and then ran
back towards the tent.
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! It was like fireworks - it suddenly stopped and the lighthouse
went back to sleep.
“Now I think it’s time for us to get some sleep after all these adventures,” said Mum.
“That was scary,” said Aria. “I knew my books would be helpful to bring on a camping trip!”
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ADVENTURE AT SEA
“What a super lighthouse!” Kate Shirley said
to herself as she bounded up the seventytwo
steps of Fanad Head lighthouse. “I bet
it’s really old!”
As she got to the top of the spiral
staircase, Kate noticed some information
boards. It was a very old lighthouse indeed!
It was built after the HMS Saldanha sunk
nearby in 1812. Kate was fascinated to
learn that the only survivor was the ship’s
parrot, which had “HMS Saldanha” inscribed
on its silver collar. Imagine, thought Kate. A
parrot flying around Donegal!
Reading on, she learned that in 1917
the SS Laurentic sank during World War I.
It hit two mines in Lough Swilly and sank
quickly, with over 300 lives lost. The next
line had Kate enthralled: the ship had a
secret cargo of gold bars and twenty two
She went out on to the viewing area
that looked on to the calm, blue sea. She
heard an engine. Holding on to the shiny,
red railing, she leaned forward and saw a
little, blue boat near the lighthouse.
Heading back to their holiday home
near Mulroy Bay, across the Harry Blaney
Bridge, Kate saw the blue boat again. Oh,
how she wished tomorrow would come
when she and her dad would go out on their
Kate skipped the rest of the way home.
“Hi Kate!” her dad called. “There’s yoghurt
in the fridge.” “Thanks!” She ate her yoghurt
then went upstairs. From her bedroom she
could see the bay; she looked out and what
she saw gave her a shock.
She ran downstairs swiftly. “Dad,
there’s a blue boat at the same spot at
sea since I was at the lighthouse. I think
someone’s in trouble.”
“Okay, let’s get our diving gear,” said
her dad. They changed quickly and Kate’s
dad rang the lighthouse keeper to tell him.
Meanwhile, the owner of the boat was
indeed in trouble. He had gone diving to
try find the twenty two missing gold bars.
He had spotted a gold bar behind a railing
that had fallen off the shipwreck into heavy
seaweed. He had forced his hand between
the rails to get the gold bar, but as he
turned to swim back to the surface, his leg
wouldn’t move. It was tangled in the thick
seaweed and wouldn’t budge. He had to do
something, and fast… his air was running
Just as he was using up the last of
his air, Kate and her dad dived down. They
worked swiftly and easily since Kate’s dad
had brought a knife. They quickly chopped
through the seaweed. He was free!
They swam to the surface and got out.
The man gratefully said, “Thanks…I’m Joe.”
“Hi Joe,” Kate grinned. Getting back
onshore the lighthouse keeper shook their
hands, “Great job guys! Joe, I think you’ll
have to share your gold!”
As Kate got into bed that night, she
said to herself, “Today’s been brilliant, I
wonder what tomorrow has in store for us?”
THE DAY THAT POOLBEG
One day there was a lighthouse and he was
bright red. He thought to himself that he
wanted to be a different colour.
“Why do lighthouses always have to be
stripey or red?”
He had heard of different lighthouses
around the world: one was shaped like a
horse, one was pink, one was haunted and
there was even a candy cane lighthouse.
Then a rainbow appeared and the
lighthouse said to himself, “I want to be the
same as that rainbow.”
And then he decided he wanted to
talk to someone and that person was a
He flashed his light to the fisherman
and the fisherman came in his boat and said,
“What’s wrong, my beautiful lighthouse?”
The lighthouse asked the fisherman to
paint rainbow colours on him, as he wanted
to be the best, most fun, and coolest
lighthouse in the world. And he wanted to be
the first rainbow lighthouse.
“Why does my light have to be white?”
he then thought. Then he asked for rainbow
disco lights for his lamp at the top and a
music machine to blast out music. The
fisherman did what he said and got paint and
worked hard and painted him that night.
The whole of Dublin woke up and saw
his new rainbow colours, saw the disco lights
flashing and heard the music and said, “This
is amazing. Wow!”
Everybody loved it. The boats, people,
tourists, and birds going by loved the music
and the new colours and started dancing.
More and more people walked down to see
him every day. He was never lonely.
“What a cool lighthouse you are,”
everybody said to him and the fisherman.
They were very proud.
“I’m not Poolbeg anymore - I’m
Coolbeg,” and he loved his new colours
against the blue sky.
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THE LONELY PUP AND HIS PACK
THE HAULBOWLINE LIGHTHOUSE
Once upon a time, there was a female dog.
She was a stray. To keep herself warm, she
stayed in a cosy lighthouse that had been
abandoned. One day she started to put some
weight on. She was pregnant with puppies.
Finally, in July, they were born.
Every night the puppies would cuddle
up in the corner of the lighthouse with one
blanket. One night their mum went hunting
for food for her pups. After a while, her pups
got suspicious, because she normally was
back by noon.
The dog had been captured by farmers.
Her pups were scared. Then the oldest
pup got up with courage and slowly tiptoed
across to the exit door. His six sisters and
his three brothers followed him down the
dark and deep corridor. They all followed the
oldest pup; they don’t have any names.
The oldest pup said, “We are in this
He had an idea.
He said, “There are nice pups in town.”
But one of the sisters said, “The town is very
The oldest pup did not listen and started
to negotiate. He said, “Maybe those other
pups or dogs could help?”
At first, they all said,
Then the oldest pup said, “Mother
would have done this.”
Suddenly they all said yes. So the
adventure to find their mum began.
First, they went over the mountains,
under the bridge and then into the river. They
came across a lighthouse. It looked exactly
like their lighthouse. They thought that they
had gone around in a circle but they just
went very, very far. They started to whimper.
One of the boys thought he was going to his
favourite place in the lighthouse but it was
nowhere to be found. He told the other pups
that he could not find his favourite place.
They did not know what was going on.
The oldest pup said, “Let’s all go to our
favourite place.” They could not find their
favourite place either. The oldest said, “This
mustn’t be our lighthouse,” he said happily,
“so let’s be off once again.”
So they left and finally reached the
Meanwhile, their mum had escaped
from the farmers and she was on her way
to the lighthouse. But the pups were in town
and they met a little girl and she took care of
them. She gave them all names. She called
the oldest Bailey, then there was Mudbud
the dirty one, then there was Butterball, the
one who loved food, an Rosebud for the
smart one and Buddy, who was a friend to
everyone. There was Blue, who loved the
colour blue, and Belle, who liked Princess
Belle. There was Bonnie, who was quiet and
shy, and Butters, who was golden. Finally,
there was Blossom, who ate flowers.
Their mum arrived at the lighthouse and
they were nowhere to be found. She asked
the stray neighbours. They said, “I see them
right now!” in shock.
The pups ran to her. They said, “We
The Haulbowline Lighthouse is at the mouth
of Carlingford Lough in Co. Down, Northern
Ireland. It is on the sea border between
Northern Ireland and Éire. It was built in
1824 on the Haulbowline Rock, which you
can see very clearly when the tide is low. The
word Haulbowline comes from an old Norse
word meaning ‘haunt of eels.’ The present
lighthouse was built to help ships sail safely
into Carlingford Lough because the channel
through the sea rocks is only two hundred
seventy-five metres wide. The old lighthouse
was there before this new one fell into the
sea. It was not built in a good place and ships
couldn’t see the light to get safely through
to the ports of Newry and Greenore, so it
wasn’t a very useful lighthouse.
The Haulbowline Lighthouse is thirtyfour
metres high. It is like a tall tower and
is handsome to look at. All of the materials
had to be taken out by the builders in boats
at low tide. It was a very difficult job and a
great achievement when it was finished. It is
very important for ships and ferries to have
a lighthouse. The light from the lighthouse
helps the captain to keep the vessel safe.
There was a big tragedy that happened
on a stormy night in November 1916 on
Carlingford Lough. Two vessels, the SS
Retriever and the SS Connemara, ran
into each other. The lighthouse keeper on
Haulbowline was on watch and he could
see what was about to happen. He sent off
a warning to the two captains, but it was
too late. The ships sank and ninety-seven
people lost their lives. There was only one
person who survived and he lived the rest of
his life in Warrenpoint, where he was from.
In August of last year, 2019, the
Haulbowline Lighthouse was lit up on the
outside as well as the inside for the whole
month to remember all of the people who
lost their lives in the sea of Carlingford
Lough. The sea looked calm on a sunny day
but there are many dangerous currents on
Nowadays, there is no need for a
lighthouse keeper on the Haulbowline
Lighthouse as the light works automatically.
I still like to see the lighthouse as it makes
me feel safe. I hope it will keep sailors and
their vessels safe too.
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THE LIGHTHOUSE BOY
THE LIGHTHOUSE RESCUE
That evening at sunrise, Sam saw
a boat and then looked at the
lighthouse. It was getting dark and
foggy and no light was coming from
the lighthouse and no sound of a
foghorn. So Sam went to see what
was going on.
One day, when it was wet and
rainy, Sam was inside looking out
his window and found something
out in the dock. Mum came in and
“What is that beside the sea?”
“It’s a lighthouse,” said Mum.
When he went out, he saw the
owner of the lighthouse who looked
“What’s wrong?” asked Sam.
“The lighthouse bulb cracked
and I dropped the fog horn into the
water,” said the owner.
“I have a spare bulb in my
house,” said Sam, “but I don’t have
“Eeeeek,” said the owner.
“Don’t worry, I’ll get it,” said
Sam and he jumped into the water.
He could see the boat up ahead.
Sam was so inspired by the
lighthouse. So, that morning he
made a project on lighthouses.
But in school, everyone didn’t like
him and he wanted to prove them
When he was about to get the
foghorn, Sam saw a piranha
fish coming at full speed. It got
intense. Sam got there in time,
but the piranha fish bit hairs off
So Sam got washed out on
shore and went home to get the
bulb. He got to the lighthouse
on time and the ship turned in
the nick of time. The famous
lighthouse of 2020 was saved.
Luckily all of Sam’s class saw it!
It was night and everybody was in bed except Edward. Well,
Edward never went to bed because he was a lighthouse and
lighthouses never sleep. They had an important job to do:
keeping everyone on the sea safe. Edward was no ordinary
lighthouse. He had eyes and a mouth! Edward loved looking
out at the sea and the waves.
Suddenly, Jake, the lighthouse keeper, came along.
Jake was walking towards Edward when there was a sudden
shout. He shouted, “Telescope!” to Edward and a telescope
grew out of Edward’s eye. Jake ran into the lighthouse and
looked through the telescope. He saw Rose, his friend,
stranded on Ireland’s Eye.
Quickly he ran outside, jumped into his lifeguard boat
and sailed to Ireland’s Eye. Once he was there, he jumped
out of the boat and ran to get Rose. She was soaking wet
and shivering. Jake wrapped her in a blanket and asked,
Rose explained everything. She was lying down on her
towel at the beach, when a big wave came over and swept
her out to Ireland’s Eye, where she was stranded until night
“I’m so glad you found me, Jake,” said Rose. “I was getting
very hungry and found a crab to eat. I lit a fire and roasted
“You were lucky that I found you. We should get you
back home and warm and dry,” said Jake.
He brought Rose to the boat and they sailed home
safely. When they got back to the lighthouse, Edward told
Jake there were clothes in the cupboard upstairs. Once Rose
was dry, Jake said, “You should be getting home now. Please
come back and visit me and Edward soon. Remember to be
careful near the water.”
Rose climbed down the lighthouse stairs and waved
goodbye. Jake didn’t stop waving until she was out of sight.
Jake said to Edward, “Thanks for your help. Edward. I need
to get some sleep now. I’ll see you tomorrow.”
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful
lighthouse that stood tall on the west coast
of Kerry. It was a gorgeous sight to see. It
was red and white.
So one day I decided to have a look
around. It felt just like home! It had a kitchen,
two beds, a bathroom, a living room and a
While I was there, I saw a little girl
called Melissa. She was about five years
old. I asked her what she was doing here
all by herself. I could also tell that she was
from England, so she had come a long way!
When I asked her what she was doing, she
“My grandparents told me that there
is hidden treasure here!” she said in a cute
I said, “Since I am eight, which is three
years older than you, how about we look for
it together, Melissa?”
She said, “All right. Let’s go!”
Although it took about three hours, we
got there in the end. We saw the big shining
light. It was exhilarating, but the light was so
shiny that we could not see the treasure. Oh
no! But lucky for us, we had brought a pair
of sunglasses each!
Then I opened it and Melissa and I
became rich and lived happily ever after.
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THE MONSTER IN THE TOILET
First and second class went to Hook Head
for their school tour. While the boys were
playing soccer, the principal asked the rest
of us if we needed the bathroom. Several of
us did and we ran there, without a care in
After a few girls had finished, we began
to wonder what was keeping the person in
the other cubicle. They had been in there
for AGES so we waited to see. After what
seemed like hours, the lady burst out of the
toilets. Except she wasn’t a lady… well, she
was more a MONSTER!
Her legs were tanned and her sandals
went half way up her thighs. She had white
frilly socks that stuck out of the gaps.
She was huge! She was covered in hair
that stood out all over her body. Her eyes
were bulging and bright red. She looked so
cross that we were terrified.
“Why are you all being so noisy?” she
Amy nervously whispered a joke and
we all burst out laughing.
“Stop laughing!” she boomed. “It’s not
funny!” Her voice was louder than thunder
and it rattled like stones in a plastic tub.
“Be QUIET!” she bellowed. “I’ll turn
you all into statues and you won’t be able to
make a sound!”
Leah was the only one who escaped.
She went straight to the phone and rang the
Gardaí. Luckily, they came straightaway, but
by the time they arrived the monster had
“That’s funny! I remembered Hook
Lighthouse as much smaller than this!” said
They ran inside, where Leah was
“I don’t understand!” she cried, “One
second she was there, the next second she
was gone, and the lighthouse had doubled
“Okay. Well. Had we better do
“Daddy!” cried Leah. “Of course you
have to do something! Come in and look! All
my friends! They’ve been turned to stone!”
“Ah, now Leah. Don’t be silly, pet. You
were daydreaming. Yes, that’s just like you.
You and your silly daydreaming!”
But of course, when they got inside, they
saw it was true!
One guard yelped.
“Magic happenin’; dark magic, black
magic, right before me very own eyes!!!”
The cleverest Guard decided he better
do something. He rooted around in his
enormous pockets and pulled out a hammer.
Each guard had a turn at hammering the
statues until they found all the girls inside!
“Let’s go!” the Gardaí shouted, but
Alyson stopped them.
“The monster is still here!”
“Oh! I nearly forgot,” said the Guard
and he pulled an old leather spell book out
of his pocket.
Leah gasped. “Wow! Where did you
“I found it at the library. I thought it was
just a silly legend, but it might be some use
He flicked through it and recited some
strange words. The monster was caught
and is now safely behind bars, so be careful,
and always be quiet in the bathroom!
Aifric and Caoimhe Sheridan
MY LIGHTHOUSE STORY
Once upon a time there was a lighthouse
keeper called Larry the Lobster. He worked
in a lighthouse by the sea. Every day, he had
to look after the light and the lighthouse and
monitor the weather. Also, the plants had to
be watered as well.
One cold day there was a rainstorm and
the water was high on the ground. There was
a bottle with paper in it. When Larry opened
the bottle, he saw a map and it said there is
a special stone on the map you have to find
to stop the rain. But he wondered how he
was going to get there with no boat.
Larry realised that he could make a boat
with some wood from the lighthouse. When
he made the boat, he asked his worker Sam
the Seal to look after the lighthouse. When
Larry started his adventure, he did not know
where to start.
When he looked at the map, it said he
had to pass the Lost Sea, then pass the
Lake of Doom and more and more. First he
went to the Lost Sea. There was paper and
smelly cheese, which slowed the boat down.
Larry thought that this is why they call it the
Meanwhile, Sam the Seal did not know
what to do. He put too much water on the
plants and did not look after the lighthouse.
Larry turned right and got past the Lost
Sea. Now he went to the Lake of Doom.
When he got there, he saw a big tsunami and
it hit the boat. Larry got so scared that he did
not know where to go but he remembered
that the lighthouse was on!
He actually found the special stone! He
found it floating on the water. He built another
boat and went back to the lighthouse.
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Once there were ten cats in a lighthouse.
One day an evil real estate agent tried to sell
the lighthouse for lots of money, but he was
allergic to cats, so he kept sneezing and he
fell off the roof.
Then another one tried to sneak into the
lighthouse in the night, but the cats attacked
him. Then another one came in and stole a
cat because he liked cats and didn’t want
to sell the lighthouse. He wanted to make
it nice for the cats, but the others didn’t like
The next day they all came back and
put a ‘For Sale’ sign up but the cats knocked
the sign down. Then the nice real estate
agent told the others to bug off and bought
the lighthouse and operated it and painted it
and lived with the cats.
HOUSE UP ON THE HILL
Up on Poppy Hill there was a little lighthouse
that shone for the passing ships. The girl
who took care of the lighthouse was called
Saskia, but her grandmother owned the
lighthouse. They called it Adventure. Even
though Adventure was small, it lit up the
stars in the night sky and in the morning it
stood out over all the other buildings in the
town. It was beautiful.
In Adventure, there were thousands of
books and nothing more. It was wonderful.
Most of the books were fairy tales and there
were also morals, romance, mystery, detective,
fantasy, horror and Saskia’s favourite:
Then one day when Saskia was reading,
she heard a strange noise, so she started
looking around. And then she leaned
back on a bookshelf and it spun around.
“AAAAHHH,” she screamed. She was
terrified. She didn’t know what to do.
She couldn’t get back the way she
came so she decided to look for another
way out. She looked around and
thought she saw something and then she
saw it again. Saskia didn’t know what it
was, but she was scared of it. She closed
her eyes, took a deep breath and opened
her eyes again. When she opened her eyes
again, there was a boy standing one inch
from her face.
knocking the boy to the floor.
After the boy fell on the floor, he was
still smiling yet Saskia didn’t know why. A
million questions were racing through her
head like, Who is this boy? Why is he in Adventure?
And why was he still smiling?
Saskia started running and running and
she didn’t stop but the boy just kept following
her. When she finally stopped the boy
said, “Well, aren’t you in a hurry!”
That just made Saskia scream. “WHAT
ON EARTH ARE YOU DOING IN MY
LIGHTHOUSE?!” She was a little surprised
by her own tone.
“Well, I’d ask the same thing to you,”
the boy said. Saskia didn’t know what he
meant because, last time she checked, this
was her grandmother’s lighthouse, not his.
But then it hit her. A family lived here before
her, the Blacks, but then they sold the
house to buy a new one.
So Saskia quickly asked “What’s your
name?” The boy shrugged. “You heard me,
what’s your name?” Saskia asked again.
So the boy lifted his chin, cleared his
throat and said “Ethan Eli Black.”
“I was right!” But she was kind of sad for
Ethan. She didn’t know why, so she asked,
“How long have you been here anyway?”
“As long as you’ve lived here!” he answered.
Saskia’s mind was blown. “My name
is Saskia,” she said, gesturing her hand so
he could shake it. Well, he shook it and they
sat down on the floor.
Saskia wanted to know more about
Ethan so she asked him the one thing she
wanted to know most. “How did you survive?”
He looked kind of guilty when Saskia
asked that, so he took a deep breath and
said, “I kind of take the food you keep in the
Saskia just burst out laughing, “So you
survived on baked beans alone!”
They were happy and over the years
they became good friends and that just
proves that a little lighthouse like Adventure
can hold the biggest surprises.
Caitlin Amy Jia-Er Ong
WHISPERS BY THE WAVES
Lily sat on the beach and listened to the soft
sounds of the sea, as she read her favourite
book about Granuaile. From time to time,
she would look up and smile to herself when
she saw the seals joyfully playing in the
water. Lily always felt relaxed and calm in
this place. Suddenly, she felt like she heard
somebody gently whisper in her ear, but she
couldn’t see anyone. Puzzled, she tried to
ignore it but it was calling to her.
The whispers said, “Lily, follow us.”
Intrigued, Lily stood and followed the voice.
The whispers led her to a shipwreck.
She explored the wreck for a while when
unexpectedly the whispers said, “I am
Granuaile, the famous pirate queen, and I
am trapped in the dungeon of my castle.”
Lily asked where but she got no
answer. Lily thought to herself, My auntie
told me that the ruins of Granuaile’s castle is
up where the lighthouse is today.
So she ran as fast as her legs could
carry her to the lighthouse. Lily walked
around the ruins of the old castle and she
came across an ancient circular stone. Lily
placed her hand on the stone and then a
wave of dizziness came upon her.
When she came to, she looked around
and found herself in an old, dreary castle.
There seemed to be nobody around. Then
she remembered what Granuaile had said,
so she rushed down the stone stairs to the
dark, damp dungeons and heard banging
and shouting coming from behind a thick
Lily looked around in hope that she
would see Granuaile and she found that the
door was locked. She noticed that there
was an old, metal key hanging on a hook
beside the cell door. Lily grabbed the key
and unlocked the door. Suddenly before her
was a tall, beautiful woman with red hair. It
was Granuaile! The hairs stood up on the
back of Lily’s neck. Granuaile thanked Lily
and gave her a gold coin.
Lily felt dizzy again and when she
came around, she found herself back on the
beach. She said to herself, “That was the
strangest dream I’ve ever had.”
Then Lily slowly opened her hand to
find a gold coin…
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Lighting up the night is its job,
Its keeper looks after it every day.
Guiding ships across the sea,
Helping sailors find their way.
The light is seen from miles away, like a
Halo shining on crashing waves and
On the rocks across the bay.
Using electrics to power its rays,
Saving lives along the way,
Each lighthouse is unique.
A long time ago, in the depths of the sea near
the old lighthouse, there lived a rare species
of sea spirits - beautiful but dangerous to
humans. There were many different forms
of spirits: air spirits, living all around us in
the sky and atmosphere, land spirits, living
in the trees, forests and sands, and last but
not least, the sea spirits, living in all kinds
of water. Each spirit was beautiful, but
dangerous in its own way. For this reason,
the spirits could not live together…
Or could they….?
There was a terrible storm one night
and that’s when it happened: Thunder was
born. The daughter of Lightning, Thunder
was strong and kind but when she was born,
she fell into the sea with the sea spirits and
was lost from the air.
The sea spirits loved Thunder but they
were worried. As Thunder was an air spirit,
she would have to return to her own species
otherwise she would eventually turn evil,
because air and water spirits cannot live
After many years, Thunder became
stronger and stronger. As the sea spirits saw
her strength, they knew she would soon
have to go back to the air spirits. A sea spirit
called Sarah volunteered to bring Thunder
to a human called Doopu, who would tell
Thunder where the portal was to go back to
the air world.
This would be a dangerous journey
for Sarah and Thunder because they would
have to cross land and the land spirits do not
like sea spirits. Sarah and Thunder travelled
through sinking sand, strong currents and
sticky seaweed until they met Doopu sitting
on the sand.
They asked him, “Where is the portal
that leads to the air world?” Doopu refused
to tell them so they asked him again.
Doopu said he would tell them if
Thunder gave him the green amulet Thunder
was wearing. Thunder gave him the amulet,
but wondered why would Doopu want a
The magic portal to go back to the air
world was the lighthouse. Thunder had to
go by herself if she wanted to go back to
the air world. Thunder found the portal, but
it wouldn’t let her in. She tried many times
until she realized the green amulet was the
key to the portal. Thunder was so sad, but
then an air spirit jumped through the portal
and grabbed Thunder. She had found her
In the air world Thunder was happy, but
she couldn’t really fit in as she had already
spent so much of her life with the sea spirits.
Thunder asked if she could live with the sea
spirits instead. The chief air spirit said yes,
because she had already lived half of her life
there and gave her a special power so she
could travel between both worlds. She was
the happiest spirit.
After this, the spirits realised that they
could live together in peace and love, so a
new world began called Earth.
THE OLD LIGHTHOUSE
One morning I went to the beach with my sister
Emily and my dog Charlie. We had borrowed
our parents’ boat and were sailing to Shenick
Island. We were looking at the big lighthouse
on the island and I said that the lighthouse had
been here for hundreds of years.
“Where is Charlie?” said Emily.
“She’s over there barking at something,”
I replied. We went over and saw it was a very
Emily said, “I’m going to try and crawl
down the hole.” Before I could stop her, she
was already halfway down the hole so I had to
As we got further down the hole, it turned
into sort of a tunnel. We walked some more
until we came across three different paths. We
said that Emily would go down one with Charlie
and I would go down another one and we would
meet and go down the last path together.
I went down the path and as I got further
down, I saw a bright light. I kept on going and
I saw that there was lots of gold and jewels
scattered everywhere. I realised that I was
inside the lighthouse and remembered that
there had been a big robbery recently and that
this must have been where they hid the loot.
I rushed back to Emily and told her about
the lighthouse and the jewels, she gasped and
said that her path was just a dead end. We
decided that we would go down the last path
together and soon realised that we were inside
the old, abandoned warehouse, which is how
they must have brought the jewels into the
We ran back down the tunnel and headed
for the boat but then we saw the robbers coming
towards us so we darted back down the tunnel
and called the Gardaí. They arrived quickly and
took the robbers away. We went back home for
a celebratory meal.
BUT…there was still someone out there,
waiting for the right time to get their revenge…
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Molly and Alan Jeffers were a happy
couple but also lighthouse keepers. They
were both sitting outside on a sunny day
in early March, beside their lighthouse
“Would you like a drink of water,
Alan?” asked Molly.
“Yes please,” replied Alan.
Molly got out of her seat and set
off towards the lighthouse. When Molly
got inside Port Head, she turned on the
radio eagerly, as she always needed the
latest news. This is what she heard:
BREAKING NEWS: The coronavirus
has spread into Ireland. Here is Leo
Varadkar with more news on this
shocking event. “Covid-19 has spread
over many countries already but now
it has spread to County Mayo, County
Cork and Dublin. Everyone must go into
Molly had just finished getting Alan
a cup of water when she realised that,
along with this shocking news, that the
loving couple were running low on food
supplies. She rushed outside and told
Alan about the coronavirus and the low
“What are we going to do?”, asked
“Don’t worry, honey. The supply
boat is coming tomorrow, and we will get
some food then,” said Alan.
“A… A… Alan” said Molly, sobbing
“Oh, what is it Molly?” asked Alan
as he gave her a hug.
“A…a…a storm is coming,” said
Molly, pointing at a big grey could in the
“Oh no,” murmured Alan.
THE NEXT DAY
RING RING RING RING went
the alarm clock in Molly and Alan’s
“Uh,” said Molly, only just getting
“Come on, dear,” said Alan. He
was already dressed. “The supply boat
is coming at ten, so get dressed and
I will make breakfast,” continued Alan
and he scurried out of the room.
“Uh,” repeated Molly. A few
minutes later Molly walked down the
wooden stairs to be greeted by Alan
and a nice bowl of porridge.
“Dear?” said Alan.
“Yes hun?” replied now fully awake
“The supply boat manager just
called,” continued Alan. “You were right.
She, she, well, she said that the supply
boat will not be able to come because
of the upcoming storm!”
“Oh…” said Molly.
Luckily Alan had a hobby for
science and had an underground lab
next to Port Head, so he and Molly
thought they could maybe create a
vaccine against coronavirus.
So for the next two weeks, while
the storm raged outside, he worked
really hard to find a cure for Covid-19.
When the storm eased off, the supply
boat finally came and finally Alan had
a vaccine. So Molly and Alan packed
their bags and set off on the boat to the
mainland. Alan made tons of vaccines
with his science friends and that is how
they saved the world from Covid-19.
Molly and Alan went back home to
Port Head with their prizes and supplies
and lived happily ever after.
Chapter 1: Starting the Match
There were two lighthouses that told
each other jokes like,
Q: What is the lightest house.
A: A lighthouse.
They were also goal posts in soccer
and football. Animals and people
came to watch. People also live in the
lighthouses as well, so it’s like they get
free tickets. But the downside is it is
hard to go to sleep because of all of
Chapter 2: I’ve Had It
Okay, that’s enough. I’ve had it with all
the noise. I’m moving somewhere else.
No one can stop him. Nothing can stop
him either. Can anything stop him?
Maybe, maybe not. But we can’t stop
him. Who can stop him? We can’t.
Chapter 3: New Home
The lighthouse keeper moved to the
library. Now he is a librarian. “It is
quiet in the library,” said the lighthouse
keeper. “Perfect. I will stay here. I just
need to get my stuff…”
Chapter 4: The End
The lighthouse keeper got his stuff from
the lighthouse. He said his goodbyes.
“I’ll miss you, but it is a lot quieter in the
Two days later…he was robbed
by a robber. He got away but…with a
tracking device on him.
The robber knows where he is.
But he went for a shower and the
tracking device was dead.
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THE PECULIAR LIGHTHOUSE
Once upon a time, there was an old, tiny island with a bumpy surface. Oddly, this tiny island
was in the middle of the sea with no surroundings. There were no buildings except for a tall
red and orange lighthouse! It had a flat roof and, not surprisingly, it had very mossy walls. It
has been there since the 1600s.
One foggy day, a lost, skinny sailor with golden ponytails was sailing in her oak boat
near the island. Since it was so foggy and the lighthouse’s light was broken, the oak boat
crashed into the lonely island. The skinny sailor was scared when she saw a big hole in her
boat. She was very unsure about what to do so she went into the lighthouse.
It was a unique lighthouse. There wasn’t just a bright light and an old set of stairs,
there were old, dusty books about magic and history! There were no good tools to fix the
boat though. They were all broken.
She decided to explore the lighthouse and read books about magic, which was when
she saw a glowing book. It was glowing in different colours. The small sailor hesitated for a
second. She frantically pulled the glowing book off the old bookshelf and opened a secret
passage. She went in and to her surprise, a ghost was making a sword.
The pale ghost looked at the wide-eyed sailor and the sailor asked, “Who are you, and
what are you doing here?”
“I’m Grace O’Malley,” she replied. “I was locked in here in 1603 for being the only girl
“Wait.” said the sailor. “You’re the real Grace O’Malley? The only girl pirate? The
awesome pirate who met Queen Elizabeth? The pirate that…”
The overexcited sailor forgot what she was going to say, so she kept her mouth shut
even though thoughts kept popping in her smart brain as fast as the ticking of a loud clock.
She let the ghost of Grace O’Malley speak.
“What are you doing here?” asked Grace.
“My boat crashed here and I don’t know how to fix it. There are no good tools so I can’t
fix it,” replied the sailor.
“I know where they are. If you get me out of here and make a special potion, I will fix
your small boat and get you to your cosy home?” offered Grace.
“Okay,” said the sailor.
The kind sailor followed Grace out of the secret room and found a book titled The
Magic Book of Potions. The smart sailor went through the ripped pages and finally found
the secret recipe. She made the potion and the happy ghost of Grace O’Malley drank it and
came back to life!
“Good!” said Grace. “Should we fix your boat?”
“Yes!” said the sailor.
Grace went upstairs and opened the old light. There were a lot of good tools and oak
planks. They took the items downstairs and fixed the oak boat. They took an old map and
sailed away together.
MIA VISITS THE LIGHTHOUSE
On a Sunday morning, Mia and her mum were going to see a lighthouse. They got into the
car and drove off to the lighthouse. After Mum parked in the parking lot, she got out of the
car and saw a man in a red and blue work uniform. Mum went to the man and asked if he
“Hello,” said Mum. “Do you work here?”
“Hello, Miss. I do work here and I will be your tour guide today,” he replied.
“Oh, how lovely,” said Mum. Then Mum went to get Mia in the car.
When Mia got out of the car she said to Mum, “WOW! What a tall red and white
building!” She was amazed as they walked inside it.
When Mia got inside, the only thing that caught her eye was the white long spiral
staircase which went all the way up to the top of the building. Mia asked Mum if she could
go up the stairs.
“Yes,” said Mum, “but we need to be careful. There are other people here.”
Mia walked up the stairs step by step. She looked down and saw how high up she was.
Mia started to shout for help. Then she looked down and slipped! Her legs were hanging
from the stairs! Luckily her hands were on the stairs. She shouted again for her mum’s
help, but Mum was on the phone talking to her friend. Mia was worried.
Just then a teenager was walking up the stairs too and when she reached where
Mia stopped, she could see Mia’s hands on the stairs holding it so she would not fall.
The teenager called for help rushing down the stairs. A lot of people came to help.
Then Mia was thinking of how much people came just to help her. When Mum saw her, she
Some people got her legs and hands then they started to pull her in. One man
was able to carry Mia safely down. Everyone looked at the man going down the stairs.
Mia was fine and Mum said, “How about I go up the stairs with you this time?” Mia said yes,
then Mum took Mia’s hand as they walked up the stairs together. Suddenly, Mia started to
Mum said, “Don’t be worried. You will be all right.”
Eventually they made it to the top and they saw the tour guide again. They asked how
he had been there. The man said that he took the secret way. Mia asked what the big light
was for and the tour guide said it is for the boats that come at night time. The big light lets
the boat know where they are going.
Mia took pictures with Mum’s phone. The tour guide finally took them to the gift shop
and Mia had saved some coins to buy the lighthouse plushy. Finally, Mia and her mum went
home after their adventure at the lighthouse.
Lola Stephen Ojo
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THE SEA MONSTER UNDER THE LIGHTHOUSE
Chapter 1 - The Beginning
Many years ago, there lived a sea monster under a lighthouse. No one had ever seen him, but
they had felt him moving. In the full moon, the monster would wake up. The lighthouse had
almost been crushed by the sea monster. The people had been injured so the lighthouse was
closed. It had been forgotten. The people built a new lighthouse and three girls called Lola,
Elly and Sofia lived there with their mother. The monster moved under the new lighthouse.
The three girls felt movement, so they went to look at what was making it move.
Chapter 2 - The Mystery Under the Surface
The girls went for a dive into the water. They saw something move so they swam under the
lighthouse. They saw a giant octopus with three eyes and a big mouth with sharp teeth. Its
body was as thick as a diamond and its skin was glowing. Lola, Elly and Sofia were very
scared of the giant octopus. They hid behind a big rock where they saw more sea creatures
“Remember the story Grandma told us about the sea monster that lives under a
lighthouse?” Elly said.
Lola and Sofia nodded their heads.
“Well, that is the sea monster,” said Elly.
The girls were shaking in fear and went up to land. They told their mother, but she
didn’t believe them.
HOW IRELAND WAS CREATED
There was a small island in the middle of
the sea. There was nothing on it but one
lighthouse. For hundreds of years, this
lighthouse helped seafarers to find their
way. He was very useful, but also very sad.
He couldn’t talk to anybody, couldn’t see
anything interesting and was very bored.
One day the sailor Sam, and his friend
Pat went to sail the sea, but they got lost.
Suddenly, a storm arrived and the sailors
were in danger. Fortunately, Sam saw a
light in a far distance. They started to sail
towards the light and when they got closer,
they saw a lighthouse. The lighthouse led
Sam and Pat docked safely and were
very happy to have soil under their feet. Both
were very thankful and decided to restore
the old lighthouse. They gave it new lights
and colours. Sam and Pat gradually began
to build buildings on the island. They created
parks where beautiful trees started to grow.
Other people found out about a lovely
new place and they moved to this island.
They called it Ireland. The lighthouse was
no longer bored and was delighted to see
so many nice people and beautiful places
The lighthouse continued to help ships
at sea and everyone in Ireland lived happily
Chapter 3 - The Full Moon
It was the full moon. The ground was shaking again. Their mother thought it was an
“Girls, go hide under the desk. I will check outside,” their mother said. When she went
outside, she saw only the lighthouse was shaking. She ran back inside and told the girls to
“The monster…” Sofia whispered to Lola and Elly. They nodded their heads.
“Mom, can Sofia, Elly and I go for a dive?” Lola asked.
“Yes, but be careful,” Mom replied.
The three sisters went for a dive and saw the monster. This time the monster was
awake. His eyes were glowing red. The girls went back up to their mom.
“How will we defeat the monster?” asked Elly. Then they saw their Grandma, who had
heard about the lighthouse.
Chapter 4 – Move In
The girls’ grandma went for a dive and saw the monster. She gave the monster a special
syrup that made the monster small. The monster stayed small for the rest of his life. He
wanted to move in with the girls.
Lola, Sofia and Elly thought he was cute, but their mom said no. But he did move in
after a while and Mom also liked the little monster.
They all agreed his name should be Diamond because of his skin colour. Diamond likes
to eat glowing mushrooms, but he only wakes up at the full moon.
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ISABELLE AND THE LIGHTHOUSE
Once upon a time there was a family. There
was a mom, dad, a little girl and a dog. They
lived near the big blue sea. The girl’s name
was Isabelle and she had a dark blue ribbon
in her hair. Her hair was a dark oak type of
colour and she had blue eyes.
They lived near a lighthouse, and every
night Isabelle looked out the window to see
as the light became bright. The lighthouse
was tall and it had curly stairs. It was very
big. Isabelle’s parents didn’t let her go to the
lighthouse. They always said the stairs were
too dangerous, or the light was too bright.
Isabelle was tired of listening to her
parents, always the same word every time.
NO! NO! NO!
Isabelle was dying to know what was up
there. She decided to go up to the lighthouse
one night. So earlier that day, she packed
up some stuff in her pink backpack. She
went down the stairs and tiptoed down the
hallway, trying not to wake up her parents or
dog. She managed not to wake any of them
up and she was on her way to the lighthouse.
When she got there, she went up the
curly stairs and went up and up. When she
was almost at the top she tripped! She fell
down the stairs.
BOOM BOOM BOOM!
Down the stairs she went, all the
way down, but then she saw her dog Max
through the tiny window and she shouted,
“Max? Max! MAX! Come here, boy!”
Max heard Isabelle in the lighthouse.
Max saw her coming down the stairs and ran
to save her, but Isabelle crashed into Max
and they both fell into the sea instead!
That night, to make things worse, there
was a big storm! Isabelle and Max were both
kind of blinded from the bright light, so they
tried to avoid the light by going under the
water, but it didn’t work. The only thing to do
was to wait for their parents, or a lifeguard,
or at least someone to come save them.
After a while it was quiet. There were only
waves crashing into them and it was all a
blur for Isabelle and Max. It was five in the
morning, so they were in the water for six
hours until their parents woke up.
When Mom and Dad woke up, they
made Max’s breakfast and they called, “Max!
Come on boy!” but there was no answer or
bark. They thought he was outside, so they
called Isabelle instead but again, there was
Mom and Dad looked everywhere in
the house, but still they couldn’t find them.
They looked outside at the water and spotted
them! They rushed out and got them out of
the water straight away. They were cold, wet
and sad so they went in the house together
to get dry, and Isabelle got hot cocoa.
THE LIGHTHOUSE AND THE
Far, far away by the ocean, there was a big
lighthouse. The big lighthouse was shining
so bright so all the ships passing by could
see it. In the lighthouse, there lived an old
man. He had a long white beard and white
hair. He lived there with his furry big brown
One day the old man and his furry dog
were hungry, so they went fishing in their
small brown boat. Suddenly, the old man
realised that he had forgotten his fishing rod!
The only thing the poor old man could do
was to go back into the lighthouse. Halfway
back, he spotted an old fishing rod under the
seat that he had there all these years and he
decided that it was time to use it for the first
time. He got it out, cleaned it and he was
ready to catch a nice juicy fish. He didn’t
have to wait too long!
When the old man caught a fish, he
was very surprised and disappointed, as it
was a really small fish. It was not what he
was expecting and it wasn’t enough for
dinner with his big furry friend. The old man
decided that he will let the little fish go and
Suddenly the fish began to speak.
“Wait, wait, wait!”
The old man was terrified and surprised.
“I have lived here a long time and I never
caught a talking fish before!”
The fish began to talk again. “I am a
really rare fish that can give you anything you
want but with only one wish!”
The old man was so surprised that he
didn’t know what to say. He got a big smile
on his face and he felt really lucky. Next, the
dog started barking happily. The old man
and his furry brown dog were not hungry
anymore because of the rare goldfish. The
old man put the fish in a jar of water and they
went back to the big lighthouse.
He sat down on the ground and started
thinking what he wanted the most. The old
man told the goldfish he wanted a golden
“Your wish is complete!” the fish said.
The old man looked at his lighthouse
and it was all made of gold! The old man
with his long white beard then said, “I want
only one more thing.”
The goldfish said, “Okay, go on!”
So the old man said, “I want my
lighthouse to be famous and so bright that
everyone will see it.”
“Okay,” said the fish, “but only if you
give me your dog.”
The old man was confused as he
thought he had only one wish, so he asked,
“How many wishes can I have?”
“Just one,” said the fish, “but I can
make an exchange: a wish for your old furry
“No, I won’t give away my only friend,”
the old man replied.
So the fish said, “You don’t want to be
famous and your lighthouse to be bright?”
“No. Friends are more important, you
can even make my lighthouse normal again,”
said the old man.
The goldfish was very shocked that the
old man decided to keep his dog and not the
wishes that he could have.
“Well,” the old man said, “It is better to
have friends and not be rich and famous,
than to be rich and famous and have no
THE GIRL AND THE LIGHTHOUSE
There once was a girl called Meribella,
a beautiful star of the sea. She lived in a
magical lighthouse called Ireland’s Teardrop.
The Fastnet Rock Lighthouse was her home.
Mum and Dad lived inside the lighthouse too
it was their job.
Meribella loved the sounds of the
splashing waves and the smells of the
Her home was surrounded by beautiful
birdlife and amazing rockpools.
Meribella’s favourite animal was a noisy
seagull. She had great fun giving bread to
the seagulls. Meribella particularly liked one
bird that she named Feathers. She often
spent hours sketching the flock of birds that
surrounded her home.
One night, Meribella woke up to the
frightened sound of someone in trouble on a
fishing boat, in the raging waters outside her
bedroom window. Thankfully, the lighthouse
beacon guided the boat to safety and all on
board were safe.
Meribella’s lighthouse home ensures
the safety of all those at sea.
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THE LIGHTHOUSE AND THE DEADLY STORM
THE HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSE
There is a beautiful little island that has a lovely, big lighthouse. Beside the
lighthouse is a house where the lighthouse keeper’s family lives. He and
his wife have two boys named Paul and George. Paul is the smart one and
George is the active one.
One day, Paul and George had an idea, which was to have a sleepover
at the top of the lighthouse. So that night, Paul and George asked their mom
and dad if they could have a sleepover there.
“Yes, why not? Great idea boys!” they said. Paul and George were
cheering so they packed up their things and went to the lighthouse.
Before they ran to the lighthouse, Paul asked if they could bring a
phone with them.
“No, you boys are too young to have a phone,” said Mom.
When they reached the lighthouse, the first thing they did was look out
of the window. Paul and George couldn’t believe their eyes. A deadly storm
was coming straight at them and they saw a man clinging to his boat, which
had flipped over! Paul and George were thinking of ways to save the man.
They had to think very fast. As they weren’t allowed to bring a phone with
them, Paul had a thought.
“Maybe if we turn the lighthouse light on and shine it onto the man, the
lifeguard will see it.”
George thought about it for a minute and then said, “But the light
doesn’t work, remember?”
“Yes, but maybe they were wrong!” replied Paul.
Paul and George argued for ten minutes. “We can’t be arguing for ten
minutes, we have to think fast!” said Paul.
George was doing push ups and wasn’t focusing.
“Come on George, what are you doing? The man is in trouble!” shouted
“Why not just leave him? The lifeguard will see him anyway,” said
“Of course not, George! The lifeguard is inside the rescue station
because of the deadly storm. Think, George, think!”
George said, “But if you try to turn on the lighthouse light, the whole
lighthouse might explode!”
But Paul thought it would work, so he tried to turn the light on while
George was trying to stop him. But it was too late, Paul turned the light
on and it worked! George was shocked to see that it actually worked. Paul
pointed the light to the man clinging on to the boat.
The lifeguard saw the light and thought, “How is this possible? The light
is actually working again!”
The lifeguard went up to the lighthouse and saw Paul and George. Paul
and George told everything about the poor man and his capsized boat. The
lifeguard went on a boat out in the deadly storm to save the man.
He brought him back to land and Paul and George saved the day. They
were the heroes!
One summer’s day, four kids took a boat out to a lighthouse. Their names
were Mia, Amelia, Noah and Mason. There was something they didn’t know
about the lighthouse…IT WAS HAUNTED!
When they went inside the lighthouse it was dark and dusty. “Let’s find
a switch to turn the lights on,” said Mia. They all agreed.
Noah said, “Did anyone bring a flashlight?”
“I always bring one everywhere,” said Amelia.
Amelia handed the flashlight over to Noah and he turned the flashlight
on. After a few minutes of searching, Mason found the switch to turn the
lights on. Mason was very proud of himself but Mia, Noah and Amelia all
shrugged and walked away. Amelia wiped her finger on the table. When she
looked at her finger it was so full of dust you could barely see her skin.
“We should go explore!” said Noah excitedly.
They all agreed but Mia was the only one who had a bad feeling about
this. “I don’t think we should explore. I get a creepy vibe from this place,”
“Oh, stop it, scaredy cat, we’re just trying to have fun,” replied Mason.
Amelia then said, “Yeah, we’re bored and just want something fun to
Noah said, “Well we’re going to explore now, you can stay down here
if you want.”
Mia nodded her head. Everyone except Mia went up the stairs with light
Mia took out her phone and began to search the lighthouse that they
were in. Mia found one storybook about the lighthouse. The story was
about a family who rented out a boat to have a picnic on the island with the
lighthouse on it. After the family got there, they set the picnic up and ate
some food. The wife went for a swim in the ocean. While she was swimming,
a big tide came in and she sank to the bottom of the ocean. The husband
realized what had happened and five minutes later got in the boat and rowed
the boat back to tell people on the mainland what had happened. The legend
is that at night, when there’s a full moon you can see her swimming back to
shore. After Mia read that, her eyes were wide open.
“That’s not true, is it?” she said in a shaky voice. All of a sudden, she
heard a scream that sounded like Amelia.
Mia jumped and said, “What was that? I should go investigate to
see if she’s okay.”
Mia rushed to find Amelia and found her at the very top of the
lighthouse. Noah and Mason followed Mia shortly after.
“What’s wrong?” asked Mia.
Amelia, shaking in fear, pointed towards a ghostly pale
lady swimming in the ocean under the moonlight. The four
of them started to scream and ran to the boat.
They all swore that they would never go back to
the lighthouse ever again.
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THE FORGOTTEN LIGHTHOUSE
Hi! My name is Keeper and I am just a playful, frisky, little
brown dog. I’m here to tell you a story, a story that is hard
to believe but it really happened.
Some time ago, when I was just a little puppy, I lived
on top of a mountain on the edge of the biggest cliff I’ve
ever seen. I lived in a lighthouse with my master, an old
man named Stewart. He had a good heart and he always
made sure I had food in my bowl.
One day, Stewart got terribly sick and his life
was slowly fading away, like the light in the forgotten
lighthouse we lived in. I didn’t know how to help Stewart
until I heard him speaking in a dream. He kept repeating
himself over and over again, “Go and find the secret
passage, it brings you under the sea. Then go and find
me a light that will set all of us free.”
I decided to take it seriously, so I began to look
everywhere, but I didn’t have any luck. I started thinking
that there is no such thing as a secret passage. The
same night when the last wooden log died out, I felt a
cold breeze coming from the fireplace. I looked in and I
couldn’t believe my own eyes. Behind the fireplace there
was a slide. Without any hesitation I went down the slide.
I felt scared going down, but I knew it was the right thing
to do. It took me a while to land on the ground under
the sea. Suddenly, I realised that I was in some kind of
a magical world. It was really beautiful there. I saw all
shades of blue, many kinds of fish and sea creatures that
I had never seen before in my life. I started playing a bit
because I always liked water, but then I realised I needed
I knew I didn’t have much time, so I started looking
for the light everywhere. Somewhere between a cave
and a shipwreck I noticed a person singing a beautiful
song. I went closer to say hello.
“Hello. I’m Saoirse, Queen of the Sea,” she answered.
“Your Majesty, my name is Keeper. I am trying to save my master Stewart. I’m looking
for a light that helps him to get better,” I replied.
“Oh, you must look for the light from the sacred tree. Take it and bring it to your
master, run as fast as you can!” she told me.
I ran fast up the stairs. I put the light into the lighthouse and went to bed. The next
morning, I looked at my master and he was young and healthy again. He felt so good that
he even trained with weights! He looked happy again, and the lighthouse was shooting the
light into the horizon, helping lost ships and their sailors safely home to their families.
A DIFFERENT DREAM
Once upon a time, there lived a small boy whose name was Rob. His parents’
names were Jimmy and Lisa, and his little sister’s name was Sophie. His family
expected him to keep up the family tradition of being a carpenter, except deep
down Rob was always drawn out to sea and he himself wanted to become a the
owner of an amazing lighthouse. But, the boy was always nervous about telling his
family because they might take him as a failure.
Anyway, our story begins on a nice summers evening.
Rob had just finished his exams to go to secondary school and was lying on
the sofa in his house playing on his Xbox, when his sister bursted in and shouted,
“Pizza, pizza, come quick it’s on fire!”
“What?” Rob shouted back, jumping up and starting to run to the place where
the fire extinguisher was and staring at Sophie, “It’s not there.”
“Oh, I know, I already told Mam, she’s almost done putting it out. I just thought
you’d like to know,” she said back smugly and skipped off.
When Rob arrived at dinner later it was to find spaghetti bolognese on the
table. Still fuming, he left the table ten minutes later and went back to his Xbox.
The next morning, Rob jumped out of bed at 4am and went to his sister’s room
and put some Lego in her shoes. Then he got some string and made a tripwire just
outside her door and set up two cameras around the room so he could catch all the
action. She would never see it coming!
Later that morning, at 7.30am, the prank worked and Sophie was found on
the ground by Lisa. By no surprise, she zoomed up to Rob’s attic bedroom, except
Rob wasn’t there. He was actually collecting the footage of the prank.
When he went down to the table for breakfast, it was to find an entire family
frowning at him.
“What did you think you were doing?!” spat his mum from across the table.
“It was just a little prank,” Rob said back defensively, “You know, a little
“Well, on a different note, we would like you to go down to the summer camp
booking shop and pick and pay for a summer camp, OOKAAYY?” said Rob’s dad.
After breakfast, Rob went down to the shop with the money his dad had given
him and looked at the poster outside the shop. He saw to his delight, a summer
camp for people who would want to have a job at the beach just like Rob. When he
returned, he rushed up to his bedroom to pack, the start of camp was the following
THE NEXT DAY
Rob had already left for camp before anyone else even woke up, he really
enjoyed the first day at camp. On the last day of camp, they all did some tests to
find out whether you were worthy of being whatever you wanted. Rob did amazing
in his test and passed. Ten years later he became the owner of a lighthouse and
his family was proud.
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THE WILD PLACE
LILY THE LIGHTHOUSE
Eily Kelliher was out fishing with her father. She lived in the lighthouse near the bay, along
with her two brothers and baby sister. Her mother had died giving birth to her last child.
Eily’s two brothers Tom and Michael were out playing hurling and the baby, Beth, was
asleep. Eily helped her father cast out the nets. She caught glimpses of small silver fish
darting around in the crystal clear water.
“Miss Kelliher, are you listening?” hissed a furious voice in her ear. Eily sighed, so
much for daydreaming about her new fantasy life, she thought. She turned around to face
her teacher, Ms Harstick.
“Of course I’m listening,” she said, trying to look as innocent as possible while fumbling
with the straps on her lifejacket. Ms Harstick raised her eyebrows.
“That’s two detentions you’ve got, Eily. I really thought, well, I hoped, you’d start to
behave this year.” She shook her head.
“Sorry, miss,” mumbled Eily in a small voice, “I just can’t help it.”
Miss Hardstick raised her eyebrows one more time and swept back to the fisherman
who was telling the class about lighthouses and his career as a lighthouse keeper. The boat
gave a sudden lurch and Ms Harstick had to put her hand on the railing to steady herself.
The class were on a school trip to visit Fenit Lighthouse. They were on a small sailing
vessel and Eily could see the rest of the class in another vessel a bit behind them.
Eily’s imagination took flight again as she could see the large statue of St Brendan the
Navigator towering over them. He had been born in Fenit Island. He was a voyager and Eily
and her class had been learning about him and his great voyage to America.
Soon the two boats were docking at Fenit Lighthouse. “Everybody out!” called Ms
Hardstick. She handed out worksheets to everyone. “I want all of them answered!” she
called into the throng of students.
They all trooped up to the lighthouse and started the long climb to the top. When they
finally got to the top of the lighthouse, Eily gasped as she took in the beautiful view, she
could see the Slieve Mish Mountains, the windmill at Blennerville, the long sandy coastline
of Camp that stretched towards Dingle, the beehive huts that nested under St Brendan’s
gaze and miles of sea that enclosed Tralee Bay.
Eily thought of the lighthouse and of the many lives it had saved. She looked down at
her worksheet and doodled a sketch. As she looked up she noticed a statue of a fisherman
casting his nets out to sea and felt sad for a moment thinking of the lives the lighthouse
couldn’t save. She got to work on her worksheet and hoped it wouldn’t be long before she
visited another lighthouse.
One week later….
“Well done Eily! Your work on lighthouses was inspirational.”
Top marks, Ms Harstick.
Ever heard of a lighthouse that can talk? No,
me neither because they don’t exist, right?
One winter afternoon, Emma and her
younger brother Josh were going on a walk
through the forest.
STOMP STOMP STOMP went Josh’s
feet. “Could you please stop that?” asked
Emma, trying to tie his laces.
STOMP STOMP STOMP they went
“Forget it!” said Emma crossly.
Suddenly they stopped.
Standing in front of them was the
biggest lighthouse they had ever seen.
“Wooh!” said Josh. “Epic.”
“Get real, Josh. It is only a lighthouse,”
said Emma. “Come on, we have fifteen
minutes before Mummy and Daddy want us
home for lunch...”
Before she could finish her sentence,
Josh ran to the door, opened it and ran up
“Josh!” cried Emma.
When Josh was at the top he found a
glowing light and poked it. “Ouch! Ahhhhhh,
what was that?” he screamed.
In that moment Emma came up
the stairs “I heard you scream,” she said
“It... i i t t”, stuttered Josh.
“It what?” asked Emma.
“It can talk,” said Josh.
“Don’t be silly,” said Emma, looking a
“Actually I can talk. My name is Lily the
Lighthouse and that was my eye he poked.”
The children screamed.
“I have one question for you,” said
Lily. “Do you like reading detective books?
Because I do.”
Before the children could answer, the
wind blew so hard it knocked them out of
the lighthouse and it got hold of Lily. The
wind blew Lily over the sea and out of sight.
“What do we do?” asked Josh.
“There is only one thing to do,” replied
Emma. She started making seagull
sounds. “KAW! KAW!”
To Josh’s amazement, a friendly
looking seagull came out from the sky.
The gull put the children on his back and
“Woo hoo!” screamed Josh. “I can fly!”
Emma took out her binoculars and
could see Lily in the distance. “We are
almost there,” she shouted.
“Doh, you are looking through
binoculars!” said Josh.
“Oh yes,” said Emma. “Oh no, Lily is
drowning! I am going to phone Daddy and
ask him to bring his cranes.”
“Well,” said Josh, “what did Daddy
“He said we are crazy, but he will do it
“Nice job,” said Josh.
When Daddy arrived, he got the crane
ready and it pulled and pulled and pulled and
finally Lily was safe.
Daddy went over to Emma and
whispered something in her ear. Emma
walked over to Lily and wrapped her arms
“I love you Lily,” she said.
“I love you too,” said Lily.
“Do you know what my Daddy just said
to me?” asked Emma. “He wondered if you
would like to be our new house?”
“Yes please!” said Lily. “I would love
Everyone was very happy. Josh and Lily
talked and talked and talked about detective
books all day every day.
Their parents still don’t know, though,
that Lily can talk and they never will.
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THE TREASURE IN THE LIGHTHOUSE
The summer holidays were coming to an
end for Kyla, Jack and Chloe.
“Can you believe it?” asked Jack, “Only
one week left and our summer holidays will
come to an end. We haven’t even gone on a
family holiday yet.”
“Oh cheer up,” exclaimed Kyla.
Just at that moment, before the kids
began fighting their dad Bill came in with
their three-year-old sister, Chloe. “Surprise,
we are going on a family sailing trip to the
coast of Donegal!” shouted Chloe with
excitement. “Get ready now!”
In no time the family were in the car
on their way to board their boat in Dún
“Who is excited?” gushed Mum.
Everyone raised their hands, it really was
going to be an exciting trip.
The kids were full of joy because all
they wanted to do when they got to Donegal
was visit a lighthouse. When they reached
their destination, the boat anchored off the
shore and the kids could see a beacon of
“We will sneak out at midnight, swim
across the clear blue waters, and explore
the glittering-looking lighthouse,” explained
Jack. Kyla nodded in agreement
Before that, there was some fun to be
had! The kids could hear the birds flying and
singing songs, the waves were splashing
against the boat and the dolphins were
putting on a show. At one point Jack was so
obsessed with the dolphins, he jumped in to
swim with them!
At midnight, Kyla switched on her torch
and she and Jack quietly ran into Chloe’s
room to tell her their secret. “Come with?”
“Are you crazy?” said Chloe in her cute
baby voice. “Of course I am coming!” They
swam across with the light from the tower
The lighthouse sparkled in the night
and was shaped like a tall cylinder with a
spiral staircase just inside the door.
“Let’s go and explore each room,”
“Look over here,” said Kyla, “It’s a note
and it reads Clues To Treasure.”
“Let’s start looking,” said Chloe.
The clues took them all around the
lighthouse, from an old fridge, to a brick in
the wall, and to the tower. Eventually they
found the last clue, which said, “Tic Tok Tic
Tok.” They rushed over to the old wooden
clock and there they found thousands of
“Congratulations!” said a voice inside
the clock. “You found the treasure! I will
send you on your way back to your boat,
and when you get home from holidays some
treasure will be waiting for you under your
bed,” echoed the voice.
In a flash, the kids were back in their
beds on the boat before morning time came.
The magic of a lighthouse!
“We may have waited all summer long
to go on holidays, but it sure was worth it in
the end,” exclaimed Kyla.
Everyone should visit a lighthouse when
holidaying in Ireland – you never know what
you might find!
THE LIGHTHOUSE IN VENICE
Our story begins when my three best friends
and I bought a yacht. Their names are Cian,
Kyle and Michael. We all agreed to go to
Venice for the summer.
We left the dock at 1:30pm. Michael
said the journey would take three days. On
our trip, we saw lots of animals: seagulls,
dolphins, whales and even sharks! At one
point, we thought we saw a big yellow
We did lots of stuff to entertain
ourselves. We went scuba diving, and in the
evenings, we played cards. When we got
to Venice, we parked our yacht in the dock.
When we reached the house that we had
rented, a big surprise was awaiting us.
There was a lighthouse beside our
house and the owner of the house owned
the lighthouse! The owner of the lighthouse
was called Deirdre and she gave us a tour
The view was amazing and the
lighthouse was very tall so it took a while
to get to the top. I was very tired after. The
next day we went to the village. We looked
around for a bit, then we got some ice cream
from a market- it was delicious!
We stayed for three weeks. We did
lots of things in Venice but here are my two
favourite bits of the adventure: the first one is
when we went down the canal in a gondola-
It was so peaceful and nice. The second one
is when we got a helicopter ride over Venice.
The tour guide told us about their historical
buildings. It was super cool! After all our fun,
we went home and sold our yacht. We had
lots of fun in Venice and hope to go another
time. Until next time, BYE!
THE HEART OF THE SEA
My family and I have just moved into this
lighthouse. A strange place, you’re probably
thinking, but my mummy and daddy thought
it was a good idea to live near the beach. I
like being close to the beach, but I miss being
close to fields of flowers and my school.
The lighthouse was about thirty feet high
and it looked like the French flag with the white,
blue and the red colours. The light inside was
so bright, it was brighter than the sun.
The first day there, I said, “Mummy!
Daddy, I’m going upstairs!”
I heard Mummy and Daddy saying,
“Okay,” so I walked upstairs.
Suddenly a little door opened up, I walked
down and saw a huge blue light. I walked a bit
closer and saw a big blue orb. When I looked
beside it, I saw a little sign that said ‘Heart Of
The Sea’. My heart was going faster than a
machine gun and I could not move. The orb
shrunk down into a tiny blue marble so I put it
in my pocket and took it with me.
The next day, I went to splash in the water,
but when I stood up, I slipped and went under.
Then found out I could breathe underwater. I
remembered that I had the Heart Of The Sea
with me. I then realised that it was magic! I got
out of the water and dried myself off quickly so
Mummy and Daddy wouldn’t get suspicious.
When I got back home, I decided to put
the Heart Of The Sea away and make sure no
one got into the secret room. I knew it was my
job to protect the heart and I will… always!
I was beginning to like my new home. I
felt that my heart was happy here and I felt I
was happy here.
Madison Lei Western
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THE GHOST IN THE TOWER
PIP THE PUFFIN
But he never came. But
when Napoleon died, his
ghost went to a tower and
he’s been haunting it ever
since, terrorising English
Then, after several years,
they got ghost busters to
Once upon a time, in a
land one hour away, in
1815, Napoleon fought in
But then one day, he
started stealing money from
the English, around 1857,
around April 13th. He got
clothes from Thug Thug
After they caught him, they
put him in ghost jail.
A few months later, the
English in Ireland were
afraid that he might come
again, so they built towers.
And one day he scared a
lighthouse keeper ¾ to
death. He retired and sold
the lighthouse to a robot
Then they danced – the
English, the Irish and that
In a small hole in the wall of a lighthouse
lived a family of four puffins. There was
Mum, Dad, Pip and Nugget.
Every night Mum told Pip and Nugget
stories of pirates and shipwrecks and
treasure lost beneath the waves. However,
at the end of all the stories, she warned
them never to fly in the middle of a storm.
Nugget was small and scared of nearly
everything, so she always listened to her
mother’s advice. Pip was older and more
adventurous and he wondered what would
happen if he disobeyed his mother and
flew into a storm...
A few weeks later, a storm rolled in
late in the evening. Nugget was scared
so Mum comforted her. After dinner,
Nugget and Pip went to bed and soon
afterwards their parents went to bed
too. In the middle of the night a clap of
thunder woke Pip up, scared, he sat up
and looked around. When he saw that
it was just the storm that woke him he
calmed down and settled back down into
the nest. Just as he was about to drift off
to sleep he noticed a lovely light shining
from the water. He tried to get back to
sleep but the light was just too beautiful
- he decided to check it out.
Forgetting all about the storm, he
flew out across the stormy water towards
the light. When he got to the light he saw
that it was just a reflection of the light
from the lighthouse. By now he was very
tired from all that flying and suddenly
he found himself falling into the waves.
However, Pip wasn’t able to swim and
he found himself bobbing in and out of
the choppy water, gasping for breath.
The strong current carried him
easily into the channel where many boats
were parked. As well as boats there
were buoys. So, seeing his chance, Pip
climbed onto a red buoy to shelter from
the waves. Pip wished he had listened
to his mother’s wise words and hadn’t
flown into a storm. He felt so stupid! Soon
he fell asleep on the buoy, but the storm
raged on through the night and eventually
finished up early in the morning.
Pip’s family woke up in the morning
and were very worried to find him gone.
They frantically searched the sea from the
sky and eventually found him sleeping safely
on the red buoy that had saved his life.
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PERCY AND THE UNDERWATER MAZE
Not for the first time, Percy, of Number 28 Ross Road,
couldn’t sleep. He ended up going to sleep at 4am.
What felt like minutes later, Percy woke up and found
himself underwater, breathing! He looked at his feet. They were
flippers! He looked at his fingers. They were webbed! He felt his face
– he had gills! Percy looked around, then he realised he was in a seaweed
maze. He turned a sharp corner and to his right was a young man with the
same features as him, except he had no gills and was wearing scuba diving gear.
Percy tried to ask, “How do I get out of here?” but lots of big bubbles came out
of his mouth instead of words. The man held up a poster, which read: The only way
to get out of here is to find all the jewels in all the lighthouses.
The man laughed an evil laugh. Percy knew he would get no help from him. Percy
looked up – there were loads of big lighthouses with shiny colourful lights beaming from
the top of each one. They must be the jewels, he thought. He set off along the twisty,
turny path of the maze.
On his way he came to a wall of seaweed. Percy turned back and swam a bit
more, but he couldn’t. Something large was blocking him. He looked up - there was
nothing there. Out of the water came a grey pink and white octopus. The octopus said
in a deep menacing voice, “I am the Octopus of Invisibility.” He started spraying apple
juice out of his suckers.
Percy swam for his life!
Then up above him he saw a lighthouse. He swam towards the wooden, brown
door with a golden door knocker in the shape of an octopus. Percy pushed the door
open and started to climb the stairs. On the stairs he met another invisibility octopus
and that octopus turned invisible. This time he ducked under the octopus and
swam up the stairs. He grabbed the green jewel that was attached to the light
and slid down the stairs back to the maze.
Percy swam from lighthouse to lighthouse to collect each jewel.
There was one lighthouse left.
On his way he met a green and purple spider and a blue horse.
All of a sudden, the spider started shooting burgers from his
pincers and the horse started shooting chips from its hooves.
Percy knew he had to get out of there and swam. Lasers
shot at him from behind.
He reached the last lighthouse, guarded by an
orange and white dog there. Light came from the
top of the stairs. Percy swam as fast as he could to
get the blue lit jewel. He swam to a big banner up above
him that said FINISH. Then everything went black.
Percy woke up in his bed. It was all a dream, he thought.
But then he looked down. There was a blue jewel in his hand!
ANNIE AND DAN’S ADVENTURE
It was the summer holidays. Annie and Dan,
who are brother and sister, were very excited.
They were looking forward to going on holidays to
Spain. But unfortunately, at the last minute the flights
were cancelled due to a terrible storm. They were so
Annie and Dan’s grandfather had a great idea. He
was going to surprise them with a trip to a hotel and visit a
lighthouse. When Annie and Dan found out, they were super
excited - it was the best news.
Grandad John had another light bulb idea. He would collect them
in the middle of the night to add more excitement to their adventure.
Annie and Dan packed their things and off they went. The joy they felt as
they headed off was amazing. Their hearts were beating so fast they couldn’t
wait to get there.
On the way to the hotel, Grandad said, “You know we will stay overnight at the
lighthouse also?” They were off to Tory Island Lighthouse. Annie screeched for joy but
Dan was a little nervous about it. You see, Dan could never sleep very well at night because
he was afraid of the dark. He always needed the light on.
His sister Annie was very good to him. They would read stories late into the night and
this helped him them eventually fall off to sleep. He had a nightlight but this kept Annie
awake a lot, so it didn’t always do the trick.
They got to the hotel and were very tired but also too excited to rest. They had some
breakfast and then got ready to go. Looking out to sea, their grandad pointed to the
lighthouse it was way in the distance. It appeared to be black and white. Grandad John
told them they were meeting his friend the fisherman Ted and he brought them across.
As they crossed the water, it was a beautiful calm day with blue skies and the sea was
so still. Ted the fisherman was excited to show the children around the lighthouse. When
they arrived, the fisherman explained that the light was always on it never went out. Dan
was amazed to hear this. It would stay on all day and all through the night. They explored
the lighthouse and then went to the balcony, which seemed to go on forever. When they
got to the top they could see for miles and miles. The fisherman told them the lighthouse
was twenty-seven metres high. They could see loads of boats beneath them. The view was
It was coming to the end of the day and both Dan and Annie were very tired.
They went to bed. The light shone everywhere it never went out. Dan didn’t feel
scared of the dark anymore.
They went home the next day and told their mum and dad about their
adventure and how the light never went out on Tory Island. Dan told his
mum, “I’m not afraid of the dark anymore!”
Dan never needed his nightlight again.
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THE LIGHTHOUSE OF DOOM
CHAPTER 1: THE LIFE OF GOBBY
Once upon a time there was a goblin called Gobby. He lived in a very fancy house because
he loved to build houses and all sorts of fun stuff. He lived at the bottom of the Earth with
aliens. He disguised himself as an alien so he wouldn’t get kicked out of his land because
there was no place else for a goblin to live.
One day, when Gobby was flying on his hovercraft, he heard a noise. Her turned
around and saw something shocking. It was a scary disgusting sight.
It was a lighthouse! Gobby did not like lighthouses!
CHAPTER 2: THE DANGEROUS PLAN
Gobby ran. It was too scary to look at so he went home.
The next day Gobby knew he needed a plan. He went to his planning room. It was hard to
think how to get rid of the scary lighthouse.
Then Gobby got an idea, although he had to get to the lighthouse again. His plan was
to put rocket boosters at the bottom of the lighthouse and fly it into space.
CHAPTER 3: IN THE LIGHTHOUSE
The day after he went into the lighthouse, as soon as Gobby
went in the door shut behind him. Gobby heard a noise. It was
a boy. He looked a bit like this…….
[GOBBY SPEAKING] “He also has a pet polar bear who looks
very gluttonous and like this (not an alien, a normal bear).”
CHAPTER 4: FINDING THE
“When I saw the bear I ran.
While I was running I bumped
into the banister. I got my
power drill (I have one!) and
found the bottom of the
lighthouse and strapped
the boosters on” [END OF
CHAPTER 5: CHRISMTAS NIGHT
I haven’t mentioned it, but tomorrow is Christmas in
Gobby’s world, and he is very excited.
Now, back to the story. The same evening Gobby got
a leaflet which read:
COME TO THE LIGHTHOUSE TO SING CAROLS!
Gobby thought he could fly the lighthouse in the air
while everyone was singing carols.
He decided to get an early night ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
He was excited for Christmas morning
CHAPTER 8: GOBBYS’S STORY PART 2
(GOBBY SPEAKING): “The next day I made
a G.R.A.N.O.L.A. B.A.R. (Gobby’s Really
Annoying Noise On Lovely Animals, Bad At
Running) – it turns everyone into goblins. I
started my device yesterday and sure enough
everyone turned into goblins.
Since I am the First Goblin, they obeyed
me and made me king. Also the boy and his
polar bear lived happily ever after in space and
all thanks to a lighthouse!!”
Join Gobby next time for more spectacular
Picture 4: Gobby ( Self-portrait and much better
than the author’s!)
CHAPTER 6: CHRISTMAS CAROLS OF DANGER
Today is the day Gobby thought to himself (also I
haven’t shown you what Gobby looks like so here
Picture 3: Gobby ( Author Sketch)
Now back to the story again!
[GOBBY SPEAKING] “When they sing the first carol,
I will……. Hey I have just seen my picture above ….
I don’t look like that – this is me……..
CHAPTER 7: BOOM BOOM LIGHTHOUSE &
GOBBYS STORY PART 1
(GOBBY SPEAKING): “Two days later, I am
very powerful. I’ll tell you what happened. So I
blasted the lighthouse into space and the boy and
his polar bear were inside it!”.
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THE OLD ABANDONED
One stormy morning at precisely 3am, a
stray buoy was drifting through the vast
open ocean. This buoy had led many ships
and boats to their end at the rocky shores
of the abandoned lighthouse. Some say
the lighthouse was haunted. Others say the
keeper and his wife were murdered and their
ghosts haunted the lighthouse. But anyway
- on with the story.
Down at the harbour at 8am, a young
boy was shoving his way through the crowd
to get to his little rowing boat. His name
was Jamie and he was participating in the
competition to get to the old abandoned
lighthouse. Jamie didn’t exactly WANT to do
this, but his dad wanted him to, and when
his dad wanted something, he got it all right.
So Jamie was pushing through the crowd to
get to his boat when his enemy, Greg Walsh,
appeared in front of him. Greg Walsh was a
fifth year in secondary school and Jamie was
only in sixth class.
“So,” drawled Greg. “Ickle Jamie’s
gonna try win the competition.”
“Why can’t I?” asked Jamie.
“Because I’m doing it too, chump,”
“Well, now, I want to do this even more,”
Jamie muttered under his breath. “But I am
SO gonna lose.”
Five minutes later, Jamie was absolutely,
completely, utterly lost. Jamie thought he
was done for until he remembered about
Google Maps. But then he remembered that
he didn’t have a phone. Jamie felt doomed
once again until he saw a speck of land in
the distance. He thought, Land! and started
to row towards the dot in the distance. He
was a about five metres from it when he
realised what it was.
“The lighthouse!” Jamie exclaimed. He
felt a mixture of emotions: fear, shock and
even excitement until, he realised he was
about to hit one of the rocks. Jamie braced
himself for the final blow. But it never came.
He opened his eyes and there, sitting in
front of him was the most beautiful mermaid
he had ever seen.
She said, “Hello, friend. My name is
Shelly. What is yours?”
“J-J-J-Jamie,” Jamie whispered. He
suddenly realized that he wasn’t in his boat
anymore. “Where am I?” he asked.
Shelly said, “You are beside the old
abandoned lighthouse.” Jamie then spotted
the buoy. It looked like it wasn’t attached to
anything. He picked up the old buoy and felt
a flash of light behind him.
He turned around. Shelly was smiling.
“You’ve done it,” she said, pointing upwards.
“The lighthouse shines again!”
THE SMUGGLERS’ LIGHTHOUSE
I am Grace and I’m twelve years old. I live near
an old deserted lighthouse in Connemara.
I was awakened by a loud BANG! What
was that? I thought. After waiting a little
longer, I could hear nothing else, so I tried to
go back to sleep. My curiosity got the better
of me though, so I slipped out of bed and
crept to the front door. I gently opened the
door so it wouldn’t creak, but it did.
“Great!” I muttered angrily.
“What was that?!” I heard my mother
cry. “Call the police!”
I sighed; my mum was a serious
worrier. I stuck my head out of the door, it
was freezing! I grabbed my coat and went
outside. I looked around, but I couldn’t see
anything. I decided it must have been my
imagination so I turned around to go back
inside, when I heard voices. I spun around
and I saw lights coming from the lighthouse.
I tiptoed closer until I could hear what they
“There’s a strong wind tonight,” growled
“Shouldn’t be too hard to smash the
boat against the rocks.” piped up another.
“Which boats are coming in today?”
This sentence belonged to a menacing,
gruff voice that sent shivers down my spine.
“What is this about?” I whispered. The
voices carried on.
“There is the Peregrine Falcon coming
in with expensive goods or The Pearl III that
“Which one, Master?” said a thin weedy
The gruff voice came again, “We will do
the Peregrine Falcon. Be careful, though,
not to damage the goods. I have an important
I gasped. Was this a gang of smugglers?
I leaned in to hear more but my foot snapped
on a twig. I prayed they hadn’t heard me but
“What was that?” growled a voice.
“Go out and search,” commanded their
“Come on, what are you waiting for!
Get on with it!”
I rushed back in and grabbed the
telephone to call the police. When they
answered, I told them, “There are smugglers
near my house, their headquarters are in
the deserted lighthouse. Come quick!” I told
them my address and they said they would
get there as soon as possible, but it might
not be for a while. I went back to my hiding
place and saw them smash the boat on the
rocks and steal all the goods.
I then followed them to their secret
hiding place very quietly so I wouldn’t make
any noise. I saw them put all their goods
into a hidden cave. I then realised that their
master was my dad!
Sadness overwhelmed me. I was so sad
that I did not see a police boat come into the
harbour, but I felt a hand on my shoulder and
the voice of a police officer saying, “Thanks
for the call. Go home, we’ve got this.”
The next day, I was in the newspaper.
THE LIGHTHOUSE DREAM
There once was a little girl whose dad worked
in a lighthouse. He visited home often, but
it was not the same. The little girl was very
curious. She wanted to visit the lighthouse
all the time, but her dad said that it was too
dangerous due to the winds and the seas
As the years went by, she waited and
waited. When she was ten, she asked
her father again, “Can I please visit the
But again, her dad said, “NO!”
The little girl was very angry and
disappointed. She ran out of the house,
feeling very annoyed.
Her parents followed her as she headed
towards the pier near where they lived. She
then jumped off the pier and her parents
were in shock! Her mum saw a boat and
they got in and tried to follow their daughter,
but it was too late. She had disappeared!
In the distance they noticed a strange boat
Her dad quickly made his way to the
lighthouse where he set off the emergency
signal. The rescue boats and police boats
arrived and everyone set out in search of the
Eventually, the little girl managed to
escape from the pirates who had kidnapped
her and she went to the lighthouse in a
rowboat that she had found nearby.
She could hear a strange noise in her
head and suddenly she woke up only to
realise that it was a bad dream. In fact, when
she went down to breakfast, her parents
were waiting there with their bags packed
and a picnic ready. They had a great surprise
awaiting her! They were all going to spend
the night at the lighthouse!
It was going to be the best birthday
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THE STORY OF THE GREAT STORM AT THE LIGHTHOUSE
THE OLD MAN
There was an old man as old as he can be...
He couldn’t jump or read, be out on his boat,
or fish out in the sea...
He lived in an old lighthouse, as old as could be,
Who couldn’t walk or run, or light up,
or swim out in the sea.
The lonely old man had no one he could exchange words with,
But he often listened to the wind that blew from the cliff.
He didn’t have TV, because his sight was very bad and
He spent all his days listening to the sea, feeling sad.
One day the man got a harmful burger bite and then, all his two teeth fell out.
Next day he woke up in the morning and heard a little sound,
The sound that came from somewhere,
So man got frightened out.
He waited for an hour and heard the sound again,
So he walked out-two hundred steps away...
When got back to his lighthouse and looked all around,
Here he could see two lighthouse windows were falling out.
Up, up to the top where the light flashed around,
He sat and listen the sea and its sounds.
He listened for an hour and after better view,
He knew what happened to him, had happened to the lighthouse too.
There was an old man as old as could be...
Who felt no more loneliness and was stress free.
He knew he had friend, and his happiness grew.
He could listen to waves...and the stories of the sea...
Joe was a scruffy old man. He lived in a lighthouse
with his granddaughter named Niamh.
She was short-haired girl and scruffy like her
grandad. Niamh had to go to school by boat and leave
her grandad with the lighthouse. She had been with
her grandad all her life because her mother and father
were killed in the
H e r
in the heather
in the hills when
she was a year
old. Now she
lived in the
15 of December
2001, she was
on her way back
in her red and
blue boat when
a great storm
started to rage.
The huge waves
against the boat,
the boat onto
the shore. Niamh
was on the way
back home and
it was so hard to
get back to the
very ill. He kept
an old radio
in the cupboard above his bed, which told him the
weather. His bed was an old mattress, a few sheets
and a pillow. Niamh came back a few minutes later.
She asked her grandad if he knew the doctor’s phone
number. He said with a frown, “I’ve forgotten.”
Niamh marched up and down the stairs and then
a light bulb went POP! in her head. In the lighthouse
they had an old emergency fog bell but there was only
“It doesn’t matter,” she said to herself. So she
ran up the stairs into the bell room, as she called it.
It was so hard
getting the big
bell through the
little door. Niamh
had to push as
hard as she could
but she finally got
The air was
cold and damp
and a bit misty.
She saw a strong
rope with a hook
at the end and
the bell on it. She
hit it with a bat.
The bell rang so
loudly that Niamh
had to stuff her
fingers in her ear,
after a minute or
two. Soon, Niamh
heard police boat
and doctors in the
boat. Grandad got
All the doctors
and police officers
said “Well done!”
got better and it was Niamh’s ninth birthday, so she
got a model of the lighthouse that she loved.
Babette Gonzalez Blodau
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THE MOST INCREDIBLE STORY OF… JOE MAN!
Long ago, in a galaxy down the street and left of the chip shop, just behind
the harbour, lived a man called Joe. Joe had a very big moustache and lived
in a lighthouse. Joe told everyone that his lighthouse was magic, so all of the
people in the town thought that Joe was a little crazy, but everyone still liked
him because he was a nice person.
Every year Joe pulled the name of one lucky child out of his moustache,
to come and visit his lighthouse. Today was that day and this is how it went
Harry walked into the lighthouse and looked around – it was tall with
round rooms and lots of stairs as Harry expected, but he hadn’t expected the
control panel desk by the window. He asked Joe what it was for.
Joe told him that his lighthouse was a spaceship and he asked if Harry
wanted to take a trip. A spaceship hiding inside a lighthouse wasn’t the usual
thing you found in your town.
Harry thought he was joking! But he said “YES! I want to be an astronaut
when I grow up.” Before Harry could believe his eyes, Joe had pressed a
button, and the lighthouse had taken off. Harry was still in shock when Joe landed the
lighthouse on Mars.
Harry jumped out the door and looked around for signs of life: people, aliens, animals?...
But what he saw was much, much worse….
A monster who looked like he was about to destroy the place.
Joe and Harry knew they could not leave this planet to be destroyed. They had to help.
They went looking for people but could only find fifty. The rest had evacuated. Joe sprang into
action, he told everyone to come into his lighthouse. From the top of the lighthouse, they tried
to decide what to do. Joe noticed that when the lighthouse
beam shone on the monster, he roared and covered his eyes
with his wings. Joe realised that the monster was afraid of
They could defeat the monster with the power of the
Joe felt bad, though, that Harry’s visit had turned out
to be so dangerous. He asked him to get into the pod – a
wardrobe type thing by the door. Just before Joe was about
to point the full force of the Light onto the monster, Harry
found himself pushed into the pod, and next thing he was
back on Earth, wondering if he dreamt the whole thing. But
the lighthouse was gone and so was Joe.
Two weeks later, however, Harry was walking on the
headland and he heard a loud whistling noise from overhead.
He looked up and saw something long falling from the sky. It
was the lighthouse. It seemed to slow down and landed safely
on the ground. The front door opened and Joe walked out.
He had a big smile on his face and the tooth of a great
monster in his hand!
THE OLD LIGHTHOUSE
Etty, Tommy and Izzy were climbing in the rocks.
Suddenly Etty spotted an old rusty abandoned
lighthouse. “Hey! Do you guys want to go over to
check that old lighthouse out?”
“I don’t mind,” agreed Tommy. “What about you,
“Well, I don’t know why not,” Izzy replied.
“Wonderful!” shouted Etty as the three of them
ran to the edge of the rocks.
“How are we going to get across?” asked Izzy.
“We will jump,” ordered Etty.
Izzy quivered; her legs started shaking. She
squatted down and leapt up in the air. Her legs
were out in front of her ready for her landing. She
had landed on her two legs! Etty and Tommy both
gasped together in shock. Tommy ran back,
jumped and he too landed on his two legs. Last was
Etty. He soared through the air leaning back to land.
His legs stretched out and he also landed on both two
“All right then, let’s go in,” Etty said. Tommy
agreed and they all walked up to the giant metal rusted
door. Etty knocked loudly. The door slowly creaked
open all by itself. It was a miracle!
That did not matter to any of them at the moment.
A small set of spiral stairs lay at the back of the tiny
room. The three friends looked at each other and
walked up the stairs.
“Do you think it is safe?” whispered Tommy.
Suddenly, they heard a giant growl. The three of
them reluctantly turned around and saw an open hatch
in the floor. Etty turned to Tommy and they nodded
to each other. They ran to the hatch and climbed in.
Soon after they met Izzy down there. All of a sudden,
they spotted a giant beast.
“RUN!!!” Etty shouted.
They all screamed and ran to the hatch. Just that
minute as they reached the hatch the door slammed.
They were trapped...
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NO LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE NIGHT
David watched as the sun fell into the
horizon. Tonight, the lighthouse did not shine
that bright happy light.
David said, “STOP THE SHIP! No
lighthouse tonight. We are lost!”
“Aaaaaahhhhhhhh!” said a man who
had gone fishing with David. His name was
“Stop panicking,” said David.
“Yeah, David’s right.”
Out of hiding came a girl with dark hair.
Her name was Sally.
“Sally,” said David.
“I know. I know,” she said.
Suddenly a submarine emerged out
of the water beside their boat and a hatch
opened at the top. CREAK! CREAK!
David, Phil and Sally couldn’t see
well in the darkness and then someone or
something arose from the hatch. Suddenly,
they heard a soft voice coming from the
“I can help you,” a woman said.
They felt relieved that help was here.
“Okay,” they said.
She said, “Hop into the submarine and
I will bring you to safety.”
So David, Phil and Sally all clambered
into the submarine. She brought them to a
small island to stay the night.
She said, “We will all camp here for the
night and, in the morning, I will bring you all
They spent a wonderful fun-filled night
of adventure on the strange island and in the
morning, they were home safe and sound.
The End… or was it?
Dear reader, what do you think
Caela Houlihan and Sadie Gibson
FREDDY MAKES FRIENDS
Once there lived a fish called Frederick, but
everyone called him Freddy for short. So
anyway, Freddy was like, totally afraid of
fishing boats because of what had happened
to his dad when he was a baby fish.
When Freddy was three months old, he
had been just swimming along with his mom,
Linda, his dad, Paddy and his little baby
brother, Joe. While they were swimming,
they saw a fishing boat above their heads!
His dad didn’t hear Freddy when Freddy
cried out, “Look out, Dad!” So, he got hit by
the propeller and before he realised…Paddy
I know, I know, I should’ve warned
you I was going to say that. So, because of
this tragic situation, Freddy was terrified of
One foggy evening, Freddy was
swimming with his briefcase under his fin to
his job in the lab. Out of nowhere, Freddy
heard from loud shouting coming from a
fishing boat above his head. Freddy was
really scared, because it reminded him of his
dad’s accident. He decided he was going
to use all his bravery and started to swim
upwards. When he reached the surface of
the water, he could see two men frustrated
with each other and shouting:
“It’s all because of you!”
“You dropped the map into the sea!”
“Now we’ll never get home!”
Freddy shouted, from the top of his
The two men stopped shouting and
looked down at the water. One of the men
screamed and jumped into the other man’s
arms. He had never seen a talking fish
The first man calmed down and finally
said, “Oh, hello little fish.”
Freddy replied, “Do you need any help?”
He swam hard to keep up with the fishing
boat (while trying not to get too close).
The men explained to Freddy that they
couldn’t find their way home. Freddy thought
for quite a while and eventually said, “I think I
know how to help you!”
Freddy stretched his fin, pointing
towards a distant light in the fog. The two
fishermen looked towards the light, which
started to flash. “Is that… a lighthouse?”
exclaimed one of the men.
Freddy replied, “Yes, it is. That’s how
you can find your way home!”
The men squealed and jumped excitedly
and said “Thank you so much, little fish. You
saved our lives. We’ll never forget you. We
are so grateful that we’ll never fish in this
They were about to leave when Freddy
shouted, “WAIT! What are your names?”
One of the men replied, “This is Max
and I’m Sam. And what’s your name, little
Freddy answered, “I’m Freddy. Want
to become friends?” The men said happily,
“Yes, please. We should meet up again.”
Freddy said, “I always swim near the
lighthouse, you can find me there anytime
The boat sailed off towards the
lighthouse, which guided them home safely.
Freddy was happy to make new friends and
was no longer afraid of fishing boats.
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THE LIGHTHOUSE UNDER THE
Once there was a boy and there was a village.
The boy lived in the village. There was a river
that flowed through the village, called the
Red Wolf Hound River, that the boy went
over by crossing a bridge that happened to
be called the Red Wolf Hound Bridge.
The reason he crossed this bridge was
because he could not go to school without it.
All the townspeople loved the bridge, but the
boy found it disappointingly dull. That is why
this story is so important…
One day, the boy was racing to school
because he was very late, like one hour late.
But when he got to the bridge, he stopped.
Here we are again, he thought, hoping
something amusing would happen. Nothing
here, again. Just like every other boring day.
He started to run across the bridge,
but he stopped abruptly when he saw this.
There was a reflection of a lighthouse that
was never there before. He turned around
to see that there was no lighthouse behind
him. He rubbed his eyes just to make sure
he wasn’t hallucinating because of how dull
the bridge was. He was not.
Got to get to school, he thought.
He tied his shoe and was about to start
running again, but he couldn’t. It was too
exciting to leave. The reflection hadn’t been
there before and who knows where it could
go when he was at school.
The boy thought, Okay, I’ll just stay for
a few minutes and try to find the lighthouse.
So he ran around the village for any
trace of a lighthouse. None. The minutes
then turned into hours, and by the time
school was over, he was still looking! So he
tried something he had been avoiding all day.
“Okay, I know this is dangerous, but I
really want to find out where that lighthouse
is,” he said to himself.
He grabbed a rock from the ground and
hurled it, hoping that there might be a slight
chance it was invisible, and you could only
see it in water, like in his comics. There was
no invisible lighthouse. The rock went all the
way around the world and came back at him.
“Owww!!” he said. “Definitely no
So he thought, and thought, and
Then he thought of something. He ran
to his house and came back to the bridge
with his scuba diving outfit and his snorkel.
In we go! he thought.
He plunged into the deep waters of the
Red Wolf Hound River. It was dark but his
scuba diving outfit happened to come with
an underwater torch so that was surprisingly
lucky. Then, what he saw was so mindblowing
that he dropped his torch.
There, under the bridge, was a
“There is a lighthouse under the dullest
bridge in the history of bridges,” he said in
There happened to be a fish living in it.
“I just moved here from the Pacific
Ocean,” said the fish. “I heard it from a
sparrow, that heard it from a robin, that
heard it from a dove who said that this place
was great, so I moved.”
“Well welcome,” said the boy. So they
had a big party and invited everyone in the
Now, the boy loves crossing the bridge
more than anyone else, because that is
where his exotic best friend lives: in the
lighthouse under the bridge.
BARBARA AND THE LIGHTHOUSE
Once upon a time, a little girl called Barbara
lived in a gingerbread house…
Borrring, try again.
Once upon a time, Princess Barbara…
Stop! I HATE princesses. Try again or I
won’t buy the book!
Once, a girl called Barbara Riley
was riding her new horse. He was a light
chestnut and eight years old. Barbara had
lived in Middle Meadow Town all her life and
now, she had moved to Seal Cliff Farm so
her dad could follow his dream and become
Good, keep going.
Inside the farmhouse, Mrs Riley had
just left a loaf of bread on the windowsill to
“Barbara!”’ she called.
Barbara left her horse in the stable and
“Yeah?” she said.
“Tomorrow is your first day at school,
so you’ll need to be going to bed soon,” said
“Okay,” Barbara said, as she ran
upstairs to her bedroom.
Barbara had short curly hair and green
glasses. Her bedroom was in the attic and
she had bookshelves specially fitted for
the slants in the wall. Her walls were bright
yellow and the window was slightly open.
Barbara looked out the window and saw
the cows’ field. Beyond that was the pigs’
field, beyond that was the corn field, and
beyond that was the sea and Puffin Island
Barbara wondered what her school
would be like. Would her teacher be nice?
Would she make friends? Would…?
“Barbara! Dinner’s ready,” Mum called
Barbara went downstairs and had her
dinner of homemade lasagne, then went to
When Barbara woke up, the sun was
shining in through the gap in the curtains.
She jumped out of bed, got changed into
her new school uniform and opened the
curtains. Light streamed into the room.
Barbara stared at the lighthouse. It
seemed to be beckoning her to it. She ran
downstairs and had breakfast.
Barbara and her mum came into the
school together and stopped off at the
principal’s office to see what classroom
Barbara was in. In the classroom, her
teacher, Mr Swift, introduced her to the
class. Two girls called Zoe and Katie were
told to look after her. The first class of
the day was history.
“Today, we are going
to learn about Puffin Island
Lighthouse’s history,” Mr.
Everybody was very excited
because Mr. Swift’s history
lessons were very fun
and, at the end of the
topic, he would always
get the class to act out
a story to do with it.
Lighthouse was built in
1896. This year is 2020.
Can anyone tell me how old
the lighthouse is?” asked
Zoe’s hand shot up.
“Yes, Zoe?” said Mr.
“The lighthouse is
125 years old,” she said.
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THE RED BRICK OF ROTTEN
About fifty years ago, a quiet young boy
called Darren lived in Killybegs, Co. Donegal.
He loved to fish with his dad but was warned
never to go sailing near Rotten Island, where
the haunted lighthouse stood. Darren was
very curious about the redbrick lighthouse
and didn’t think it was haunted. It looked
perfectly normal to him. But his father said
that it was haunted and he nearly always told
One cold winter’s day, Darren was
walking home from school, daydreaming
about what could be in the lighthouse, when
he bumped straight into the school bully,
Rodger. Darren usually avoided this street,
as Rodger lived there, but that day Darren
was obsessed with the lighthouse and
wasn’t thinking straight.
Rodger noticed Darren’s gaze towards
the lighthouse. He folded his arms smugly
and a menacing smile shot across his face.
“Bet you are too scared to ever go to
He leaned closer towards Darren.
“Well, Dim Darren, how about you prove
you are not a scaredy cat? I want you to get
me a red brick from Rotten Island tonight.
If you don’t, I would love to wash the dirt of
your freckle-faced sister down the toilet!”
Darren didn’t want his sister to be hurt.
He knew he had to accept the challenge. So
that misty dark night, he snuck out of home
and set sail for the island. He didn’t want to
stay long. He creaked open the heavy door
and picked up a red brick. It was then that
he felt a hand on his left shoulder. He turned
and screamed into the face of an old man
with a missing tooth.
Darren was surprised when the old
man offered Darren a seat by the fire and
was nice to him. They had a long chat. The
man had been hiding on the island since the
war. He was a German soldier called Otto
but he didn’t agree with Hitler and ran away
in 1943. He hid from his fellow Germans for
a year. One day he saw an opportunity for
freedom. He provided the Resistance with
German secrets and over time he had made
friends with an Irish man called Seamus
Ryan. Seamus helped him escape and
brought him to Donegal.
“Wait a second! My dad is called
Seamus Ryan,” gasped Darren.
Darren explained that his dad told
everyone that the lighthouse on Rotten
Island was haunted. The old man chuckled.
“He has always minded me!”
From that night on, Darren enjoyed lots
of visits to Otto with his dad. Rodger stopped
picking on Darren when he produced the red
brick at school the next day. To this day, no
one knows that an old German man on the
run lives on the island.
THE LITTLE RED LIGHTHOUSE
AND THE BRENT GEESE
Once upon a time in Poolbeg, there was a
lighthouse. The lighthouse was bright red
and it was very proud to support boats and
birds in the fresh sea air of Dublin.
Every year, the Brent geese would
arrive back in Ireland from Canada and the
red lighthouse made sure to check that they
were on time.
One year, things were very different. It
was April and the Brent geese were getting
ready to leave again for a very long time.
“Be careful!” Poolbeg Lighthouse
“Don’t worry,” the Brent geese shouted
and off they flew. Their journey had begun.
They would stop over in Iceland before landing
in Canada. “We’ll see you in October!”
The summer came and went. Families
swam in the sun at the Half Moon Club and
had fun on the South Wall and Shelly Banks.
Soon it was October. Poolbeg
Lighthouse couldn’t wait to see the Brent
geese. Suddenly the foghorn blew hard.
I hope they’re okay, he thought.
Meanwhile the Brent geese were flying
over tall mountains and green fields, looking
forward to seeing Poolbeg again.
“I’m hungry,” said Betty.
“Are we nearly there?” called Brendan.
“Just you wait. This rain will clear soon
and we’ll be at the first stopping point in no
time!” shouted Ben. Ben was very old and
wise. He had been on this journey many
“Keep it down back there!” exclaimed
It was now midnight and the Brent
geese had flown over frozen Greenland. They
were at their first stopping point in Iceland.
Poolbeg Lighthouse was waiting patiently,
counting all the waves that crashed up
against him. He flashed his light nervously.
Meanwhile the Brent geese were flying
hard into the night. The storm on the way
into Dublin Bay was getting worse, but they
had to keep going.
The little red lighthouse was getting
quite worried that they would not be able to
survive, but he had lots of hope in them as
they had gone on the journey many times
before and Ben could lead them very well.
“What if we don’t survive this last bit?”
“Come on. We can do it!” added Ben.
Their feathers were getting all wet, their
wings flapped and they dodged lightning
bolts. Meanwhile the little red lighthouse
knew they were late and knew this journey
might be Ben’s last, so he couldn’t stop
Slowly the storm cleared, and the little
red lighthouse could see the sun again. He
was never happier to see it in his whole life!
He looked into the distance to see if his little
friends were coming.
Suddenly out of nowhere, he saw mini
figures in the sky… the Brent geese were
back! He was bursting with pride. He was
so happy to see that they had all survived
and there were even new babies who were
all looking so well.
“I was so worried!” he called.
“No matter what happens, we’ll always
come back. You’ve always looked out for
us and we can’t thank you enough. Now
where’s that eelgrass? We’re ready for a big
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LIAM THE LIFEGUARD AND HIS
Most lighthouse keepers have quite the tales
to tell but I am going to tell you mine, which is
true, and it is one of the most unforgettable
tales you will ever hear.
It was a wild dark stormy night back
in November 1916, when I was on duty
as usual at the Haulbowline
Lighthouse at the mouth of Carlingford
Lough beside the Mourne Mountains.
When I looked out, I could see the SS
Connemara leaving the Port of Greenore
with its passengers and crew on their
way to Liverpool. Little did they know,
I could see an approaching ship.
It was the SS Retriever with a
cargo of coal for Newry. It was being
tossed around by the wind and a rough
sea. The two ships were heading for a
collision. I was beside myself with fear,
but I raised the alarm in hopes that one
of the captains could change course.
Alas, it was no use. It was too late. The
ships collided because the channel was
too narrow for them to pass.
The boilers exploded and the
two ships sank within minutes. It was
a nightmare to watch. I could hear
screams and the smell of the burning
fire was carried in with the wind as I
watched the exploding flames. Then
there was just darkness. Awful.
Onlookers had gathered on the beach
to try to help but there was only one
survivor. He lived locally until he was
an old man. Ninety-seven people
were lost that night in the terrible
tragedy. Even now, the wrecks are
at the bottom of the channel.
Last year the Haulbowline
Lighthouse was lit up and could
be seen all over the Mourne
countryside for the whole month
of August. It was in memory
of those who were lost in
Carlingford Lough and for
the ninety-seven poor people who died that
dreadful night long ago. Songs have been
sung and poems recited about the disaster
of the SS Connemara and the SS Retriever.
I am pleased that people keep remembering
because I will never forget that terrible night
when I was a young lighthouse keeper at the
THE LIGHTHOUSE ADVENTURE
“Are you ready, Emily?” shouted Ben.
“Almost,” Emily replied. “I just have to
get everyone, finish packing my bag and get
The five children and their dog Billy
were going to Ballycotton Island for the
summer holidays. Now that Emily had finally
finished packing, she went to get the others.
She found Joe first. “Joe! Joe! It’s time
to get to the boat!”
“Yes!” said Joe excitedly. “I’ll get the
others. Is Ben at the boat?”
Emily nodded. She was too exited to
speak. Joe let out an ear-piercing whistle
and almost immediately Richard, Lucy and
Billy came running from the back of the
house. “Come on!”
Ben was waiting on the boat for the
others and he was thinking, How could
anything be better?
They were going to stay in a little house
down at the end of the island and the farm
there would give them plenty of food. Ben
was the oldest and in charge. Suddenly
everyone arrived and a man started the boat.
Soon they were at the island. They had a little
swim and then it was time for bed. Nobody
stayed awake for long. They had a busy day!
That night Lucy woke around eleven
o’clock to find Billy nudging her with his
“What is it, Billy?” she asked. She woke
the others and then Billy sniffed. Then he
ran out of the house. The children followed.
Billy was no where to be seen.
“Where is he?” said Emily anxiously.
Ben shone his torch around and suddenly
saw Billy! He barked and the children
came over to where he was standing. They
gasped. Billy had found the entrance to the
Great Ballycotton Caves!
Only a few people knew where it was
worldwide. Now six more people knew where
it was! Billy unable to wait until everyone
was down, jumped into the hole with a joyful
Soon they were down and Ben said,
“Stay behind me, I don’t want any of you
to get hurt!’’ Then all the children and their
dog went on their way. They walked around
corners and bends and then they came to a
“No! No! No!” said Emily. “Our adventure
is over before it got really exciting.”
“No, it isn’t,” said a very exited Richard.
“See? There’s a little door over here. It’s
brown like the walls so people won’t notice
They all rushed around and Ben slowly
opened the door. Behind it was some steps
going upwards and a small hole at the top of
They all came up and they got a
surprise because they were in the lighthouse
basement! In front of them was an old chest!
Inside was a map. What fun they would have
reading and following it.
But they were very tired and Lucy found
it hard to keep her in eyes open! “Come on,”
said Ben. “Lucy’s almost asleep!”They all
hurried out of the cave and went to bed,
looking forward to tomorrow’s adventure…
Liam the lifeguard was on night duty. He
was closing the lighthouse when some
men dressed in black silently came up and
pushed him into the sea.
Liam had no idea what was going on
or who these strange men were. He woke
up on the rocks with a bleeding leg and he
did not know where he was. “Help, help!”
There was a man with his dog on
the beach who saw Liam. He ran to the
lighthouse and then called Sea Rescue.
Liam and the man with the dog became
They lived happily ever after and were
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There was once a girl called Pia. Pia was
eleven years old and she had light brown
skin, dark brown afro hair and caramel
coloured eyes. She lived beside a beach on
a hill in a small house with her dad. Her mum
had died the year before and all Pia had left
of her was a spot beside a big rock where
they used to have picnics at the beach.
So that’s why Pia went there today.
She walked down the hill onto the soft sand,
put a towel down beside the rock and lay
with her eyes closed, thinking about the
memories she had with her mum. But after
about five minutes she heard a rustle in the
water. “Hello?” Pia called out. “Is anybody
There was silence for about seven
seconds and then:
A dinosaur or dragon or something
jumped out of the water! Pia didn’t get a
good look at its face before it dove back in.
Instead of trying to get a good look at it, she
had grabbed her towel and ran home.
“Why’re you home so early?” her dad
asked as Pia rushed through the door.
“Dad! You’ll never believe what I saw!”
she said. “I- - -” But then she paused.
What was she going to say? Hi Dad, I
heard a loud noise and a monster came out
of the sea.
“I- I found a really pretty seashell!”
“Ooh, can I see?”
“No,” said Pia.
She ran up the stairs and chose a
book from her shelf. It was called The Sea
Dragon. It was about a magical water dragon
guarding an ancient lighthouse. She stopped
at one of the pages. It was a picture of what
she had seen at the beach. She read on
a few more pages. It said if she defeated
the dragon and got to the lighthouse, the
keeper would grant her one wish! Maybe I
could bring Mum back to life! Pia thought.
And with that she jumped off the bed, the
book fell onto the floor and the cover fell off
it. She picked up the cover and saw that it
was a map.
Pia decided she would get to the
lighthouse, so she picked up her bag,
stuffed the map inside and set off through
the window and into her dad’s boat. She set
off into the night. The journey wasn’t too
rough and soon she finally saw the dragon.
She grabbed her dad’s old harpoon gun.
As she approached it, the dragon took
a low swipe at her, so low that she climbed
onto its back and shot it. The dragon gave
a yelp of pain and sunk into the sea. Pia
jumped onto the rocks and opened the
lighthouse door. Inside she saw an old man.
“You have defeated the sea dragon. I will
grant you one wish,” he said.
“I want my mother back!” said Pia. And with
a whack on the floor with his staff, Pia’s
mum was there, hugging her daughter.
THE LIGHTHOUSE ON THE CLIFF
Kevin and his grandad lived in a lighthouse
on a cliff overlooking the Irish Sea. This is
what it looked like:
The light was so bright that it could be
seen for miles around.
One day three people met in a
rundown bar in the village near Kevin and
his grandad’s lighthouse. They were all fed
up with the brightness of the great light and
were discussing what to do about it.
“We need to somehow dispose of that
lighthouse,” said Bert, the person who had
organised the meeting. “And do so without
drawing much attention,” he added.
There was an outburst of ideas,
including driving straight into the house in
Maseratis full of TNT. There was a murmur
Then Bert had an idea. “Let’s pull the
place of the cliff!”
“But wouldn’t that cause a lot of
attention?” said Mark, one of Bert’s best
“Not if we do it in the middle of the night,”
“That might just work,” said Alex. They
agreed on a date, booked a boat and went
Meanwhile I shall introduce one more
character. Meet Policeman Paul, he’s the
best police officer in the area and he was
investigating an old boat that just happened
to be the boat that Bert had booked.
Paul was examining and old closet
when suddenly he slipped and fell inside. He
was knocked unconscious.
A few days later, it was the day of
the attack. Bert and his crew boarded the
ship that Policeman Paul happened to be
on. For some reason Paul did not regain
consciousness as the boat glided into the
Bert had left Alex on the shore to quietly
blow up the foundations of the lighthouse
so it would fall of the cliff without as much
sound. The boat soon got near enough the
lighthouse for Mark to throw a rope to Alex,
who wrapped it around the lighthouse and
blew up the foundations…
“I SAID QUIETLY!” roared Bert.
Luckily for Bert, no one in the little
village woke up, but luckily for us, Policeman
Why is the boat moving? he thought
to himself. And why is someone shouting? I
better go and to see for myself.
Bert heard all the racket and he went to
look around. As the two were now walking
around the ship in the middle of the night,
they bumped into quite a lot of things, and
eventually each other.
“What are you doing?” said Policeman
“Ehh, I’m not trying to pull the lighthouse
of the cliff,” replied Bert.
“Then if you’re not trying to pull the
lighthouse of the cliff why is a rope tied
around it and you’re pulling it towards the
sea?” Policeman Paul asked.
“How do you know that?” snapped Bert
“Because I can see out the window,”
Policeman Paul replied.
“Oh,” said Bert flatly.
After that Bert and his gang were
rushed off to the police station and the
foundations were repaired.
Surprisingly, Kevin and his grandad
slept through all of this.
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THE SECRET LIGHTHOUSE
“Get up, get up,” snarled Kate’s master
If you are wondering, Kate was a
thirteen-year-old girl and a slave!
“I need you to go and collect some
water from the lake. Make it quick!” said
“Okay,” said Kate. She ran to the lake
and got some water, but before going back
to her master’s house she went to the beach.
There is something I haven’t told you
about Kate yet.
A few months ago, when she was on
an errand at the marketplace for Nero, she
had spotted a bundle on the ground. She
discovered that it was a book of legends.
She could not risk bringing the book to
Nero’s house, so she hid it on the beach.
The book was about a lighthouse
keeper, who was very rich as he had
once saved a king from drowning. The
king was so grateful that he had given the
lighthouse keeper a huge amount of gold.
The lighthouse keeper was planning to use
his gold to help people by getting a more
powerful light so people wouldn’t drown.
Just before he could, pirates formed a plan
to take the gold. Before the pirates could
steal anything, the keeper and the lighthouse
Strangely, inside the book, there was a
map and a note. The note said, Come and
find it. Kate had two options: the first being to
stay a slave forever or secondly, escape and
follow the map. Which would she choose?
Suddenly, she knew. She ran to the docks,
jumped into a boat and she was off!
Kate had been on the boat for a week
and was almost at the end of the map.
Suddenly, she saw smoke in the sky. It was
The Pirates of Doom! She had to get out of
there fast, but where to go? All she could
see was open ocean. Just as the pirates
were upon her, she dove into the water. She
swam over to the pirate’s boat to hear what
they were saying.
They said, “The gold is here somewhere.
Split up and find it.” Kate knew she had
to find the gold before those pirates. She
swam around and around until she noticed
something peculiar. The deeper she went,
she found that she could actually breathe!
Kate knew the lighthouse had to be
here and then she noticed a figure. She
swam closer to him. The figure pointed to a
cave but did not speak. Kate went into the
cave and saw it, the lighthouse treasure! The
man smiled and said, “It’s all yours.”
Kate was now the new lighthouse
keeper. Also, the pirates were caught and
thrown into jail. Kate was very happy. She
also used the money to get a super bright
light to keep boats from being shipwrecked
and everybody was happy (apart from Nero
THE OLD MAN AND THE
LIGHTHOUSE OF BALLYCOTTON
Once upon a time there was an old man
who lived in lighthouse of Ballycotton.
Legend was that the lighthouse was magical
and indeed, the lighthouse did have magic.
However, the man did not know that yet!
People would come to the old man for
advice and wisdom. One day a man by the
name of Fionn arrived. Fionn was a member
of the Callan. “Callan” means strong in battle
(and this warrior certainly was). He asked
the old man if he knew about other worlds.
The old man knew nothing of such things
but lied and claimed that he did. This turned
out to be a grave mistake!
Fionn said fiercely, “I have been to the
mystic worlds beyond here. They are there
for us to conquer!”
The old man worried that Fionn could be
telling the truth and that he could be found
out as a liar, so he suggested, “No, best
leave them alone. They have power beyond
your wildest dreams. Don’t go looking for
them, they’ll kill you.”
“I’m the best warrior in the galaxy,
I assure you”, said Fionn angrily and he
walked away. The old man had persuaded a
Callan warrior not to follow his dreams. That
night when the old man was cooking, the
pots and pans suddenly burst into flames.
The old man was afraid.
Now the lighthouse spoke to him. “All
the people you have wronged will come
back,” it said. Suddenly and by magic, the
lighthouse turned into a boat and sailed
Part 2: The Real Adventure Begins
As they rounded the headland, he saw them
- all the people he had ever wronged. It was
not many, in fairness, but definitely enough
to overpower him.
“You will pay for what you have done,”
said a man in rags. His story goes like this.
Once the old man told the Gardaí that the
innocent man was a thief! Then Fionn of the
Callan appeared. “You have never been to
other worlds!” he said.
Fionn raised his sword and charged
at the old man. Suddenly the lighthouse
transformed once more, this time into an
The magic lighthouse said, “You must
make amends and prove you have a good
heart and then and only then will they leave
The old man agreed. Now the only
problem was getting a chance to talk to them
all and he knew he had to be courageous.
When Fionn’s sword went right through him
he knew for sure it was a test to see if he
had a good heart. Luckily, he did.
Many years later, he still has not told
a soul about his experience. However he
never ever lied again!
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THE ENCHANTED LIGHTHOUSE
Once there were two brothers. One was called Tom, who was twelve and the
other was called Tim, who was ten. They lived in a town known for its useless
abandoned lighthouse on the beach.
One day they were playing on the beach and Tom said, “I dare you to go in
the lighthouse with me.”
“Okay,” said Tim bravely. So they went in.
Inside, everything was covered in cobwebs and dust. Lots and lots of bottles
of colourful, unrecognisable liquid were on the shelves. In one room there was a
big pot with firewood underneath.
“Ah!” they screamed. There was a clear white person, but it had no legs!
Instead it had a pointy twisty thing. On its head it had a pointy hat, like a wizard’s.
It also had a thick bushy beard.
“Hello. I’m the wizard who used to live here. I’m called Fred,” said Fred. “I’m
now a ghost. I can’t leave until someone makes a poison to lift the enchantment
from the lighthouse. Can you help me?”
“Why should we help?” asked Tom.
“Because otherwise when you die, you will be trapped here!” said Fred.
“Okay, we don’t want that!” said Tim. “We’ll help.”
“Good. The first thing you will need is an eagle egg from the nest on the
roof,” said Fred.
“Come on, Tom!” said Tim, as he ran to the stairs.
While they were on the roof, they noticed that time didn’t pass in the
lighthouse. Anyway, as soon as they touched the egg the mother eagle
appeared. They ran and ran but then they heard cracking eggshells. It was the
other eggs. Quickly, they seized their chance and dashed down while the eagle
“Good. Now crack it in the pot and get me a green spiderweb from the
basement,” said Fred
“Come on Tim!” said Tom after they cracked the egg in the pot.
In the basement there were a lot of boxes and normal cobwebs. It was like
a haunted house.
“There!” said Tim pointing at the green cobweb. Tom grabbed the stick from
a box and used it to grab the web and they went back to Fred.
“Good! Now light the fire and stir it all together,” said Fred. So, they did and
some pink smoke rose from the pot and it filled the lighthouse.
“Goodbye,” said Fred as he flew away.
“Goodbye,” they said. Then they went home like nothing happened.
The lighthouse stands at the end of the pier
Somehow I’m drawn to it
The calm white and the bold red
Glisten in the evening air.
The refection that hits the water
Is magical, it takes my breath away
I love looking at the lovey lighthouse
As it lights up the bay.
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A STOLEN BUOY, A STOLEN LIFE
One dark stormy night, a boy named Jacob
was sent to his grandparents’ house because
his parents had just got married and they
were going on their honeymoon. As they
pulled up outside his grandparent’s house,
he said to himself, “This is going to be very
The garden was very overgrown and
the old cottage looked like it hadn’t been
painted in 20-odd years. As the boy opened
the gate and knocked on the old rusty door,
his grandparents, John and Anne, were
staring out the window at him. He waved
goodbye to his parents and stepped inside
the house. The first thing he noticed was the
weird smell of bacon and cabbage.
“Hi. I haven’t seen you in a while,”
“Sshhhh! The RTÉ news is on. There
was a buoy stolen last night!”
“Don’t you own Valentina Lighthouse
down the road?” said Jacob.
“Yes,” his grandad said.
“Oh, well, can I go to the shop to get
cornflakes for tomorrow morning?” Jacob
said. “So I don’t have to eat broccoli and
carrots for breakfast,” he continued under
“Yes, sure. Here’s a fiver,” said his
“Thanks,” the boy replied. Off he went
into the shop and back out again but Jacob
didn’t know where he was. He saw footprints
past Valentina Lighthouse into the forest and
he followed the footprints.
After walking for nearly half an hour,
Jacob found a hole in a bush. He reached in
and he found the stolen buoy! It was nearly
midnight and the weather wasn’t getting
better. He couldn’t find his way home, but he
knew how to get to the lighthouse and where
his grandad kept the spare keys. He wrote
down the directions on a sheet of paper, put
the buoy back and got home safely. At five
in the morning his grandad woke him up with
the sound of brushing his teeth. Jacob ran
after him straight away. There was a boat
sinking and no one could see the shore.
His grandad asked, “Where did the
buoy come from?”
“I found it last night,” the boy replied.
“You’re a lifesaver!” John said.
John put the light on and threw everyone
a buoy. Everyone was saved.
LIGHTNING AT THE LIGHTHOUSE
Once in a bay, far far away, there lived a
humble buoy, a boastful lifeboat and an old
The buoy had been made in a factory
not long ago. He was new to life. He had
gone up and down all day doing nothing else
other than listening to the lifeboat and the
lighthouse squabble about who was more
important. The boastful lifeboat had been
made in the 1960s and travelled the world
from Miami to Perth to the west coast of
Ireland. He had been everywhere and wanted
everyone to know it! He had people, food,
cabins and amazing navigation equipment
onboard. He had a stylish paint job too.
Last but certainly not least was the
rustic old lighthouse. He argued with the
lifeboat and shone his light to the ships afar
by night. He had survived Oíche na Gaoithe
Móire, the Night of the Big Wind, in January
1839. He always stated in his arguments
with the lifeboat that he had been built in
One stormy night, they fought over the
height of the waves. Now to you and me,
this was a silly argument, but to them it was
like the biggest football match of the year.
Then the lifeboat and the lighthouse started
throwing insults at each other when the buoy
stepped in and said, “Oi! Those are lightenin’
They were shocked because they had
never heard him stand up to them. With that
there was a terrifying crash of thunder and
the top of the lighthouse was struck by a
bolt of lightning. A flash of lightning lit up the
Thankfully, there was a conductor on
the top of the lighthouse to save the day.
The boastful lifeboat and the old lighthouse
stopped, shocked and the lifeboat said, “You
are right buoy. I am sick of fighting all the
time, let’s make up right now!”
After this, the pair made up immediately
and they were now somewhat scared of the
buoy forever more.
As old Joe woke up, he felt annoyed that
he couldn’t go too far because he lived by
himself and a morning walk would be too
far away. He did not handle the Covid-19
very well. He went downstairs to get some
breakfast. After breakfast, he looked on his
map to see where he could go. He saw that
there was a seafront walk not too far from
where he lived. He got dressed and got
ready to go. He took the bus. Joe was very
careful, so he wore a face mask and sat on
the back of the bus.
Joe felt like it was an hour before he
was able to get off the bus. While he was
walking, the seagulls around him gave an
ear-piercing scream. Old Joe wasn’t too
happy about that, so he waved his walking
stick in the air. “Shoo, shoo!” he said angrily.
Old Joe liked everything to be perfect and
if everything wasn’t, he would get in a very
When Joe got to the stone entrance, he
scowled and stuck his head in to make sure
he wasn’t going to bang into anybody. As
he walked in along the seafront, the waves
crashed down. Old Joe loved the seafront,
he always used to explore them when he
was a kid. As he looked around, he saw a
lighthouse, so he walked over to it. It was
bigger than he expected, but he was still
able to get up and get to a ladder that led to
a door. Joe was anxious so he knocked on
After a few minutes a young boy came
out holding two bags full of luggage. “Hi sir,
sorry sir,” he said in a heavy Irish accent as
he struggled to get down the ladder, while
Old Joe was just standing there.
“Do you know who owns this place,
young lad?” asked Old Joe.
“Yes, I do, and by the way my name is
Jack. Jack Murphy,” he said.
“And I am Jack’s dad and Jack is the
boy who shouldn’t be talking to strangers,”
said a deep voice as a man came out pulled
Jack by the ear, and led him back inside the
As Joe turned to leave, he heard
shouting and then he heard a door slam
further up the lighthouse.
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THE MAGIC OF THE LIGHT
Light...at the beginning there was a light. The most beautiful light of all
times. It had a power to create and power to answer for all questions,
make all wishes become true, but also to destroy anything. This light was
the most powerful thing of all the world and space. In right hands it could
make good things, but in wrong it could become the most destructive
When on the Earth there lived magical creatures,
dragons and humans at the same time, and all in peace
between each other, the light was free. None were above
the other and none were cruel. A perfect harmony.
One night when the moon was full, the fear was born.
It made a man who killed a dragon and started to destroy the
harmony. Humans were terrifying. All good and kind creatures had been
enslaved and killed. They became suspicious and angry. The magic light
disappeared. But the magic and mystery didn’t die. Nothing is really
dead in nature, it just changes the form and that’s what happened with
the light. It had hidden itself in the lighthouse and had been waiting for
many millions of years, until someone finally found it...
This was a legend that a curious orphan named Orlando heard from
his teacher, Gabriel. The boy was charmed by it and decided to make the
light free one day. He was growing with that thought, and year after year
he was becoming a stronger and taller man. When he grew up enough
to leave the orphanage, he didn’t know where to start. Orlando asked
some teachers about Gabriel. He had left teaching some time before
and decided to visit him before beginning his adventure.
Gabriel’s house was small and cozy. The man had become
very old, but still had great humour. They spoke for many hours
about the past. He told Orlando that he was the wizard, and he
knew how to get to the lighthouse but, he also told that the trip
would be long and dangerous. They had been thinking together
for a while and decided to prepare everything that same night
and leave the day after on the sea. The sea was calm, there
were no clouds on the sky and the wind was very delicate. In
the small boat they took only necessary things and food.
At the full sea, the old wizard started to sing the magic
spells and after few of them, the sky became dark, the sea
had changed and became angry, the wind started to blow
suddenly, the storm had begun. At the horizon, they saw the
island coming out from the fog and the shine from lighthouse on it.
They were struggling with the forces of nature for some hours and
suddenly, when they were close to the lighthouse, everything became
quiet. Orlando thought it was over and all went fine, but Gabriel knew
it was just the beginning of troubles. From the deep sea, the monster
went out to protect the light from those who wished to steal it. The most
terrifying sea dragon they had ever seen - it was the guardian.
The wizard was spelling and cursing it. Orlando was moving
slowly to the side, unseen by it, took his knife and decided to kill a
creature. The monster was hypnotising Gabriel, he spoke with the wizard
in an unknown language to Orlando. While the talk between guardian and
wizard was going forward, Orlando went behind the beast and stabbed
the knife in its head. The guardian was over.
They got to the lighthouse and found the brightest, most magical
light of the world on its top. They had almost forgotten the reason they
had gone there. The peace, happiness and hope filled their hearts and
minds. The light spoke to them quietly, that every one of them can have
one wish or one question. Gabriel had many questions that were flying
through his mind, and couldn’t decide which to ask first. So Orlando
spoke first. He wanted to know who his parents were and would there
be a chance to meet them? The light was surprised. It answered that his
mother had died few days after he was born and his father had never
known about his birth, but now he was standing right now next to him.
The old wizard looked at Orlando and began to cry. They held each
other with love, happiness and hope for the better future.
Gabriel decided to teach his son all he knew about magic, spells
and let him become a better wizard than he was. Suddenly, he realised
it was all he ever needed, a family. However, he didn’t want to make a
nonsense wish to the light. He asked then, to make all humans feel as
happy and complete as he feels now, even if it was for a short time.
The light was surprised again for the huge change of people from
the last time when it was free. Gabriel’s wish became true.
If you feel like the happiest person on the world at this moment, maybe
it’s because the light has filled you with wizard’s kindness.
At the beginning there was a light...the light is now in your heart,
you just must look around and find it…
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THE LIGHTHOUSE POEM
As the waves crash, against the shore,
I turn to face, the awaiting door.
The deafening roar, of the tide subside,
As the walls of the lighthouse cushion me inside.
Up the stairs, round and round,
Hearing the waves, that serene sound.
The misty light, shining across the sky,
The tip of the lighthouse, up so high.
The light of protection, the beacon of warning,
Keeping sailors safe until the morning.
Circling the clouds, a seagull and dove,
Flying in the sky, so high up above.
Crabs are scuttling, fish are swimming,
The sun is going down, slowly dimming.
Down the stairs, towards a rocky ledge,
Peering down from the sheer-faced edge.
I sit on the cliff, staring out to the sea,
Wondering that one day, that might be where I’ll be.
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THE SETTER THAT SAVED US
Hi! My name is Rua and I’m a red setter (that’s the best kind of dog!) I
live with my master, Seamus Rodgers , lighthouse keeper on Tory Island.
I love it here on the Wild Atantic Way on peaceful, pleasant summer days
like today when the soft breeze tickles my body. Let me tell you the story
of why people here refer to me as “the setter that saved us.”
I will never forget that fatefull night,September 6th 1961. I watched
the seagulls leave for the mainland during the day -a sure sign a storm
was approaching. My master seemed nervous and spent most of the
day listening to his small radio. He was shaking his head and seemed
anxious. “Get them off as quick as you can. Forget the fish”, he shook
his head as he struggled to make himself heard over my barks,eager to
be fed. Why had Seamus not prepared dinner? “Out you go,” he said
as he opened the door and out I ran along my usual cliff path stopping
to bark at the Arranmore RNLI lifeboat pass by at such speed that their
seaspray drenched me.
I returned to the lighthouse, hungry, tired now cold and very wet!
I snuggled by the fire and could hear the whispering wind of earlier in
the evening become a howling raging gale. Seamus was at the window
glued to a distant object. I jumped up to see through the fog a small
orange boat approaching. It was the RNLI lifeboat returning. They would
not survive the sea to Aranmore - they were coming to Tory. Seamus
looked worried-the crew were unfamiliar with the “terrible tides “ and
treacherous rocks of Tory.
The next I knew we were plunged into darkness. The lamp had
stopped working.By candlelight Seamus scrambled frantically to light it
once more. George Halpin had said it would last forever!
I raced down the spiral staircase, nearly tripping on my tail. I had
to warn the lifeboat. I raced to the rock edge and barked with all my
strength. I could see the boat bobbing nearer and nearer to the rocks!
No! With one last bark that seemed to suspend in the sky I could see
through the sea foam the lifeboat in painstakingly attempt to change
direction. Slowly and steadily they avoided the Carraig Mór and were
turning into the sheltered harbour.
As they safely steered from danger the the lamp started flicking on
again. I raced back to my master and sheltered safely from the storm.
The storm passed and life returned to normal but local boatmen still
tell the story of that September night. Seamus never forgot to feed me
When it’s dark the lighthouse is bright,
It shines on through the entire night,
They help sailors get to shore,
So they can go out in their boats at night more and more,
In the sea you should wear a life vest,
Every lighthouse has a different signal so you can know if you’re at north, south, east or west.
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STICKMAN AND MOUSTACHE
It was a lovely evening. Stickman and
Moustache were sailing. Well, Moustache
was definitely having the worst Saturday
ever because Stickman was singing Row,
Row, Row Your Boat. AWFUL! Right?
After three hours of Row, Row, Row Your
Boat, they came across something that
calmed Moustache down, just before he was
about to feed Stickman to the shark.
It was a lighthouse two quadrillion
metres tall! They saw how big the stairs
were, so they had a plan to get up. They
thought their 2006 Toyota Yaris should be
able to get up, so they drove up.
Since the suspension of the car was
cracked, it fell off. Plan B was ridiculous.
They decided to ride coronavirus. Sadly, it
was sprayed and it died.
So they had one last plan: go to Mario
World, take super feathers and fly to the top.
It worked but when they got to the top
they fell and got eaten by the shark.
One day, John, Benji and Freddie were
hiking in a forest (that they considered to be
a jungle) when they spotted two men who
were acting strange and who seemed to be
The 10-year-old boys hid behind a
large leafy bush to listen. They overheard
the two men say something about a dragon.
The three friends were very curious but
afraid at the same time. They wanted to find
out more. They wondered what these men
wanted with a dragon? Was the creature in
danger or not?
The boys thought they’d like to save the
animal from the cruel hunting men. These
boys knew that dragons could breathe fire,
fly up in the air and were often left guarding
treasures, but that was just on TV.
Benji, the bravest, crept closer to hear
more but as he did he stumbled and let out
a shout. John and Freddie watched on in
horror as the hunting men turned around
and spotted poor Benji. The wretched men
grabbed him and shook him, but he stayed
quiet. Freddie and John decided they had
to follow and watched on as the men carried
their friend down to the beach where Benji
was put onto a very large boat. When the
men were starting their boat, John and
Freddie seized their chance and jumped on
board without being spotted. They hid out
of sight, waiting for the moment to help their
When the boat stopped, it seemed like
days had passed. The boys looked around.
To their great surprise, they could see a
steep mountain with rocks rolling out to
sea. In the distance was a lighthouse. They
were excited, but where was their friend
Benji and his kidnappers? They wondered.
They started to climb the mountain and they
came across a snoring dragon. Yikes. They
weren’t expecting that. The bad men had
been right all along. Just then, the dragon
woke and stared at them. Quick as a flash,
they looked straight back into the dragon’s
eyes and told him they needed his help to
save their friend, Benji. The dragon agreed
because he knew about dragon hunters and
wanted them stopped.
John and Freddie hopped onto the
dragon’s back and flew over the mountain
until they reached the lighthouse. The
dragon let the two friends down. The boys
could see the hunters and Benji inside. As
the sun was beginning to set, their new
friend, Sparky the Dragon, hurled a fireball
at the lighthouse door which sent the whole
place up in flames- no ship would sink
tonight, that’s for sure. There was fire and
Quick as a flash, John and Freddie
ran inside to grab their friend. Benji was so
relieved to see his friends and he started to
cry. However, the tears soon dried up as the
boys jumped on board Sparky and flew up
into the night sky. Down below, the hunters
could be seen covered in dust and soot.
HOW THE LIGHTHOUSE GOT
There was a lighthouse that lived with its
owner. Unfortunately, the owner was lazy
and did not care about it.
One day, a man got a call from the tax
people. When he ended the call, his face
got red, his temperament rose, his hands
started shaking and he ran to every room in
the lighthouse. He ran and ran until his body
collapsed on the chair and he shrank into
sadness. He searched for his money, but no
luck. The tax people came and the owner did
not have any money. The only option was to
sell his lighthouse.
The lighthouse was put up for sale and it
was sold to a new owner, who never came
to visit. Years went by until one day, a seagull
was passing by and flew into the lighthouse.
“Ouch!” complained the lighthouse.
And this is where all magic began. That
day felt like a lightning bolt had hit the
lighthouse. It felt like a magic spell, the
lighthouse was not lonely and dejected
anymore. The seagull’s visits became more
and more frequent. Each visit started with
a long conversation that went on and on,
late into the night, between the lighthouse
and the seagull. There were stories about
ships that never reached their shore. There
were stories about sharks and whales,
stories about no light in the lighthouse. They
became the best of friends.
One day, similar to every other day, while
chatting together, the lighthouse and seagull
heard a key turn in the door downstairs. A
man came in. He had short colourful hair,
which looked little bit silly for his age. He
held a fishing rod in his hand, showing he
was into fishing. Outside they could see a
big jeep parked just on the edge of the cliff
together with long trailer attached at the back
of it. It was full of boxes and all the stuff you
need for your house. He was a new owner
of the lighthouse.
The lighthouse got happy and was so
excited, but at the same time little bit unsure,
hoping the new owner will be more caring
and friendlier than previous one. The owner
cleaned the lighthouse and was going to
turn the light on.
No, it didn’t work. The owner left.
The lighthouse became very sad and scared
that new owner would be gone without
getting to know it. Hours later, the man
returned with new giant bulb in his hand. The
lighthouse could light the house at last. The
best day in its life.
From that day, the seagull, the lighthouse
and the new owner were friends forever.
One day there was a storm. Mam and Dad
had to keep a close eye out to make sure
that everyone was safe.
That night Aoife and Mam had just
fallen asleep, but not for long. There was a
BANG and they woke up. It came from the
top of the lighthouse. Dad heard it too.
It was the bulb. It blew. This was a
disaster. They were all stuck out in the
middle of the sea, it was the one thing that
no one in the lighthouse was prepared for.
Aoife said, “I had 10% left in my phone
and now I have 7% but I could call Joe. He
is on land.” Joe was their friend.
“Fine, but make it quick!”
As soon as Aoife was off the phone,
they could see lights flashing in the distance.
It was the Gardaí.
The next day, everyone in the town
came out to cheer Joe, the Gardaí, and
Mary, Jim and Aoife.
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THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER
One misty, gloomy night an old frail lighthouse keeper, sat slumped
in his rickety grey chair that was as old as himself. He wore a black
coat and some surprisingly short trousers, with an overgrown beard which
was buried into his stretched scarf.
The keeper picked up his favourite book, which was wrapped in tinfoil
for safe keeping. As he unwrapped the tinfoil, his book Life Guards revealed
underneath the flickering light of the wax candle, as if it was brand new. As he
turned the first page, a gush of wind blew straight through the open window, pushing
the brittle shutters open so fast that the wax candle extinguished. The wrinkled man
groaned loudly and began to slide off the grey chair and onto the ground.
Moving as slow as a snail, he climbed the magnificent stairs from window to
window, stair to stair. When he finally ascended the long winding staircase, there was
a surprisingly odd sight. The beacon of the lighthouse was so heavy that it smashed
straight through the wooden table, which was now in hundreds of pieces, just the
same as the smashed beacon.
Losing his balance in shock and almost falling down the stairs, he muttered to
himself, “Oh no! What about the fishing trawler?”
He turned around and slowly edged down the vast cascading staircase to the
bottom. Once he had descended, he slowly trudged across the thick, wavy grass to
the Life Guard station. He rapped on the large metal door with his ice-cold knuckles,
and the door opened revealing the fit team of lifeguards standing there. “What is the
problem, kind sir?”
The lighthouse keeper replied, repeating every sentence numerous times. “The
beacon of the lighthouse smashed and the fishing trawler out at sea is in grave danger,”
trembling on every word.
The lifeguards knew what to do straight away. They rushed out the door as fast
as they could leaving the lighthouse keeper in their wake, shouting back at him, “Meet
us at the harbour!”
The old man shuffled along the waving grass to the harbour, while the lifeguards
were getting their powerful torches and rescue boats. They sailed off into the
treacherous swell of the sea which threw them around in peril, but that didn’t stop
their determined search. They kept searching and searching through the heavy mist
and high tides until they glimpsed the trawler in distress. They navigated their boats
towards the trawler and began to guide it back to the harbour to where the lighthouse
keeper stood, much to the relief of the distraught fishermen.
Once they got back through the rough waves, the relieved fishermen thanked
the brave lifeguards and the old lighthouse keeper, as without his quick thinking, they
would surely have perished on the rocks. They all committed to help fix the beacon of
the lighthouse, and no problems ever came to them again.
The old lighthouse keeper is now a local legend and his memory lives on to
Finally, the day has come! I’m all packed and ready to head out the door. Dad will
drive us down to see my grandparents for a whole week. A WHOLE WEEK at the
lighthouse! I can’t wait!
It takes two hours in the car to get there and two minutes to say goodbye to Mom
and Dad. I rush at my grandparents with the biggest hugs. I know I’m going to have
a great week with them.
I busily unpack while Granny makes the tea and Granddad has a nap. I love my
room in the lighthouse because it has a nice view over the sea and the walls are an
We have tea and play cards before I’m tired enough for bed. I walk slowly up
to bed after kissing my grandparents goodnight. I snuggle in with my teddy, looking
forward to a good night’s sleep and thoughts of lots of fun tomorrow.
I try to get some sleep but I just can’t. I can hear Granny and Granddad coming to
check in on me so I pretend to be asleep. Shortly after, I hear a noise from outside. I
look out my window and see a boy sitting on a rock. I can hear Granny and Granddad
snoring so I creep downstairs and go out the front door for a look. I realise the boy is
crying so I run up to him to ask if he’s okay.
With tears in his eyes, he mumbles, “I’m lost, can you help me?”
I asked, “When did you see your parents last?”
I discover that he’s from the island across the water and he had swum too far out.
Instead of waking my grandparents, I decide to use Granddad’s rowing boat to get him
back to the island. We jump in and row the boat while he tells me which direction to go.
I find out that his name is George and he likes to play football. After an hour, we
see the island in the distance. We pull in and George asks me if I want to see where
he lives. I say yes and follow him to his house. When we get there, I rins the
doorbell but George walks through the door. I realise that George is a ghost!
I get scared and run back to the boat. I jump in and row frantically.
After rowing for a while, I realise that I don’t know where I am. Looking
around, I see a faint light in the distance and as I row towards it, I
realise it is the light from the lighthouse.
I’ve never been so happy to see the light. After I docked up
the boat, I crept back inside so I didn’t disturb my grandparents.
As I laid down again, I suddenly woke up and realised that
it was all a dream.
As I lay in my bed, I saw the flashing light outside my
window and started to appreciate how that light has saved so
many people over the years.
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MY TRIP TO HOOK HEAD
Once upon a time, my family went to a
lighthouse called Hook Head. It is black
and white and is located in the county of
It was a very windy day when we went in
for a lighthouse tour. The tour guide told us
that there were 115 steps in the lighthouse.
At the top of the lighthouse there was a
table with binoculars and we all got a pair of
We looked around with the binoculars
and I saw somebody’s camera falling into
the sea. Suddenly I saw someone fall off the
rocks below me.
I ran and called a lifeguard. “Someone
fell from the rocks into the water!” The
lifeguard raced over to the sea edge trying
to save them. He threw a life buoy on a
rope out and the person caught it and the
lifeguard eventually pulled them in.
The lifeguard then called an ambulance
to take the man off to hospital.
When the tour was over, we went
home. A few days later, the person who fell
from the rocks into the sea sent me a letter.
Hi, my name is Connor, thank you for
getting a lifeguard, I have a few scrapes but
I’m okay. Thank you for saving my life!
It made me feel happy that I knew that
he was okay and it was nice to hear from
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD BY THE
In the small town of Cormick, there was a
few houses by the sea. There was also an
old, abandoned lighthouse. Kids played on
the beach but never went into the lighthouse.
One day a few kids went to check it
out. Their names were Rory, Aaron,
Conner, and Maya. When they went
in, they heard footsteps coming. It
was a ghost. Maya quickly took her bottle
of water out of her bag and chucked it at
Relieved, the kids started at the stairs
it took them a long time to get up there
but, in the end, they did. When they got
up to the top, they found out the lamp was
broken and went home.
A few days later they returned but
THIS time with a new lamp. It took them a
while, but eventually fixed it they never told
ANYONE about the lighthouse, not ever
their parents. They used it as a secret base
and solved mysteries.
One of the mysteries was Rory’s
neighbour Mr Jones. Now, Mr Jones
was one of those people who was very
independent. When he knocked on Rory’s
door, Rory was very surprised. He said,
“My cat Coco is gone and I can’t find him
Mr Jones loved his cat very much he
had even bought him a massive house five
times the size of him! Rory called everybody
else and they all met up at the lighthouse.
In the end it was an easy problem to solve
but here is how he got lost.
Aaron knew that Coco liked chocolate
– the clue is in the name - so Conner had
an idea. He put a chocolate bar outside and
put a camera so it would see Coco. When
Coco came for the chocolate, the camera
will catch him.
It was a good idea, but Mr Jones did
not get any sleep that night watching the
camera. At about three in the morning, it
caught Coco on camera and Mr Jones was
Guess what? The four kids have a
hundred mysteries solved! They had a party
to celebrate and some cake.
FIGHT AT THE LIGHTHOUSE
Once there were two men who were the
best of friends but then turned to enemies.
All because one of the men, named Tom,
was amazing at sports and his best friend
Anthony got jealous. So, when Tom was
bragging about how he was going to be a
gold medallist., Anthony told him he was a
big show-off and started being mean to him.
They had a big fight and the only thing they
could agree on was to never speak again.
Years later, Anthony built a lighthouse
by the sea because that had always been his
dream job. But when he was almost done,
he saw Tom.
“What are you doing here?” asked
“Well, if you must know, I’ve been hired to be
a lighthouse keeper!” said Tom very proudly.
Now Anthony was not hired, he just decided
he would be lighthouse keeper. They argued
for a very long time until Tom said, “You know
what? I challenge you to a fight – whoever
wins gets to be a lighthouse keeper.”
“Challenge accepted!” said Anthony in
a very brave way.
“We will have it at midnight.”
So they both went home and grabbed a
sword and went the whole way back again.
One minute it looked as if Tom was winning,
the next minute it looked like Anthony was
winning. But they were so wrapped up in
the fight that they didn’t notice the ship that
was in the middle of the sea, about to crash
into the rocks.
Meanwhile, Tom and Anthony were still
fighting until the two swords hit the ground
so hard that rocks beside the lighthouse
started falling off the cliff and onto the ship.
The ship began to sink.
The two enemies ended up in jail all
because one got jealous of another!
It all started in a small village with a celebrated
lighthouse that everyone knew and loved.
Cliff-Edge Village it was called. The name of
the place made it sound sad and deserted,
however, it was quite the opposite. The
people were happy and the little village was
alive; there wasn’t a sad soul on the island.
Tonight was the forty-fifth anniversary of
the lighthouse’s first light. Everyone came
out to celebrate this occasion together.
Whenever the light shone out, they all raised
their glasses and cheered - a bit drunk they
may have been, but very happy nonetheless.
Then, all of a sudden, it stopped. The light
was broken. Was it really possible that after
all these years and on tonight of all nights
their precious light was gone?
Inside the lighthouse itself, the
lighthouse keeper ran as fast as he could
up to the top of the lighthouse to examine
the broken light. Then he heard it, the siren
of an approaching ship on the horizon. He
didn’t know what to do. If he didn’t get that
light fixed, the ship and everyone on board
would go down. Hearing shouting from
below, he hurried down to the bottom of
the lighthouse and opened the door. To his
surprise, everyone from the village had got a
lantern each and brought it up the hill to help
him. He couldn’t believe his eyes.
The people of the village had dropped
everything to come to the rescue. Some
people climbed the stairs of the lighthouse
and held up their lanterns while others
signalled from the top of the cliff, saving the
ship from crashing onto the rocks below.
The people of Cliff-Edge Village had all
become heroes. They didn’t have to do it but
by their action that night they saved the lives
of people they would never meet or know.
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SHINING A LIGHT
Once upon a time there was a lighthouse.
Unlike many things in the colourful village
nearby, it was black and white. A lighthouse
keeper lived there and his name was Joe.
He was a very friendly man who chatted to
everyone who passed.
One day Joe went down to the village
to get some bread and milk. When Joe got
to the shop, it was getting dark. He noticed
that the light in the lighthouse did not come
on as usual. Every evening the light would
light up when the sun was going down.
“Oh no! Why didn’t the light come on?”
Joe said to himself.
Joe took the bread off the shelf and left
without even paying. Orla the shopkeeper
said, “Whoa, Joe! You need to pay for that
Joe turned around. “Oh yeah, sorry
“What’s wrong, Joe?” Orla asked,
“Oh, it’s nothing, just something going
on at the lighthouse,” replied Joe.
And with that, he rushed out of the
shop. Orla knew something was up.
His friend Bob passed Joe as he was
on his way back up to the lighthouse. “Hi
Joe, how are you?” But Joe ran passed him
without saying a word. He had a worried
look on his face.
Then Joe passed Joanne. She waved
and said, “Hello Joe! How are you?” But Joe
still didn’t say anything. What’s up with Joe?
Bob walked over to Joanne. “Why is
Joe so worried?”
“I think I know,” Joanne replied, looking
up at the lighthouse.
Joe ran into the lighthouse. He had to
fix this problem fast. If he didn’t fix the light
in the lighthouse before dark, the ship that
was due would crash into the dangerous
rocks. Earlier that day the ship’s captain
had called him and said the ship would be
passing by that evening. Joe said his light
would be shining. Now it was almost dark
and Joe was getting very worried. He could
just about make out the ship on the horizon
of the sea. He tried to fix the light, but it
wouldn’t work. What was he going to do?
Suddenly, Joe saw people from the
village walking up the hill towards the
lighthouse. Some of them had torches while
others had what looked like tools.
“Yes, yes!”, Joe cried as they climbed
up the steps of the lighthouse. Everyone had
a role to play. Some people tried to fix the
light with the tools while the other people
held up lights just in case it didn’t work.
Just then, the light flickered and lit up.
Everyone was so happy as they saw the ship
turn away from the dangerous rocks.
“Thanks guys, I couldn’t have done it
without your help!” said Joe.
“Well that’s what friends are for,”
Joanne said with a smile.
And the next day the people returned
and painted the lighthouse all the colours of
THE HOPE IN THE DARKNESS
The fluorescent light of the lighthouse
beamed all around, radiating the cheers of
the townspeople. Everyone was enjoying the
beautiful night outside in the seaside bars
and restaurants, all except for one.
Mr Black stared out from the tall,
towering lighthouse through the weatherbeaten
window and wondered at the
behaviour of the townspeople.
“How stupid they are?” he said to
himself. “Wasting their time partying and
most of them with their heads stuck in their
phones.” Maybe they thought he had wasted
his life stuck in a lighthouse, day after day,
growing old with just passing ships as
Suddenly, with a sickening click, the
beaming light stopped shining completely…!!
The old man gasped. He could just
about make out the outline of a ship, not
so far away, heading for the rocks. He had
to act quickly or it would be a disaster. This
had happened a few times in the past, but
Mr Black had been much younger and could
climb the twisty tiring steps to the top of the
lighthouse in no time. His eyesight wasn’t
what it used to be either and even with his
thick lensed glasses, he was now finding it
hard to see which of the fuses had blown.
He raced to the very top, only stopping to
grab his toolbox.
Setting it down, Mr Black opened the
lens of the enormous lantern. He would
need to put it flat on the ground to examine
it properly. Lifting it up, he stumbled blindly.
Tripping over his toolbox, he struggled to
regain his balance. Mr Black felt the lantern
slipping out of his hands, smashing into a
gazillion little shards of glass. He turned his
head in dismay, towards the window. Any
minute now, the ship would crash into the
cruel sharp rocks below. He could hardly
watch, but was distracted by something
Incredibly, the old man saw a long trail
of powerful lights moving towards the cliff
edge. It was the townspeople walking, with
their smartphone torches, illuminating the
land. The hope in the darkness. The ship
turned sharply, narrowly avoiding disaster.
Mr. Black smiled, his trust in mankind was
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THE LIGHTHOUSE MYSTERY
Long ago, on Valentia Island, near Smuggler’s Cove, there lived a little girl in a lighthouse
called Lucy. She lived with her mother and father and little sister Annabelle. Father was a
lighthouse keeper. Every night, he lit the torch that would guide ships safely away from the
cliffs. Mother was a teacher in the local school. Sometimes, Mother would let Lucy and
Annabelle play on the beach.
It was just on one of these days that the sisters were playing hopscotch on the warm
sand, gazing into the Atlantic, when a mysterious object came floating towards them.
“Annabelle! Stay behind that rock over there, and don’t move. I’ll go and see what it is,”
shouted Lucy, pointing to a large boulder higher up the beach. She waded carefully into the
water. The water came right up to her knees. Lucy peered at the object before picking it up
and examining it.
“It’s a message in a bottle!” yelled Lucy.
“Open it!” shouted Annabelle.
“It’s a treasure map!” replied Lucy.
They burst through the door, gasping for breath.
“What’s the matter, girls?” asked Mother.
“Found…treasure map…” panted Annabelle.
“Girls, sit down and catch your breath!” said Father.
“We found a treasure map in bottle when we were playing on the beach,” explained Lucy.
“You what!” exclaimed Father. He jumped from his chair, grabbed the bottle and ran to
consult his current map. This showed all the changing currents of the world’s oceans. When
he came back, he told the others that the bottle had come all the way from America and that
the map showed the location of the Captain Magee’s Treasure!
“It’s legendary! We’ll be famous!” he screamed.
“Calm yourself!” said Mother. “Where is it?”
“Buried in the seabed!” yelled Father.
“Then what are we waiting for!” shouted Mother. “Get digging!”
The whole family rushed outside and started digging with whatever they could find.
“I’VE FOUND SOMETHING!” cried Annabelle. They found a solid object, dug it up and
gazed, spellbound, at it. Once they regained their senses, they heaved the chest into the
“Open it,” whispered Annabelle. They all grasped the lid of the treasure chest, and, in
unison, pulled. To their surprise, the chest burst open and filled the room with a heavenly
glow. Inside were riches galore, including diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, amethysts,
gold, silver, platinum, necklaces, bracelets, rings, anklets and things beyond their wildest
dreams. After weighing the treasure on the kitchen scales, they immediately slammed the
lid of the chest shut and somehow managed to haul it to the nearest jewellery shop, while
calculating how much money their new find would be worth.
“How much will this lot be worth, Edward?” said Father.
“Twelve million, to be exact!” replied Edward the jeweller, after a bit of calculation. He
was never surprised by anything. He handed over the money.
The next morning, the money was distributed evenly among the population of Valentia
Island and then they all lived happily ever after.
Riddhima Haresh Manyar
THE LIGHTHOUSE GHOST
It was Friday, the last day of the school year. Michael and Jane walked out of their school
building. It was finally the summer holidays and they were going to a holiday house in Cork.
They couldn’t wait.
When they got home, Michael and Jane set to work packing their bags. They went to
bed early because they would be leaving at 4am. They couldn’t sleep. When it was time to
go, they were ready and got into the car and were on their way. Jane kept looking at her
watch and Michael kept looking out the window.
When they finally got there, they scrambled out of the car. Mummy and Daddy went to
unpack and get dinner going and Michael and Jane went around collecting rocks and building
sandcastles. Then it was time for tea, they were starving!
After tea Michael asked to go and visit the lighthouse over the shore.
“Yes, but make sure you’re back for dinner.”
“Yes, Mummy,” Jane said. She and Michael rushed off to the lighthouse.
When they got there, they gazed at it in amazement. It was so tall. They creaked open
the door to see lots and lots of stairs. They started climbing up the steps, but every step they
took they kept feeling like someone was watching them.
When they got up to the top, they were dazzled by the things there. There was an old
map and telescope and pieces of gold just lying around. But then they saw something white
going through the walls. Could it actually be a ghost?
In seconds Jane and Michael were out and down the stairs, out of the lighthouse and
back to the holiday house. Mummy was surprised to see them come back in such, a hurry.
“Are you okay?” Mummy said in a concerned voice.
“We’re fine,” said Michael, wearily.
“Okay,” said Mummy and sat them down for dinner.
That night, they were both thinking the same thing; We have to go the lighthouse and
find that ghost.
They got out of their beds and down to the Lighthouse. When they got there, they
started climbing and calling.
“Is anyone here?” said Jane, trembling.
“Ghost? Ghost?” shouted Michael.
They kept calling until…a voice replied.
“Who are you? And what are doing in my lighthouse?”
“This is not your lighthouse.” Michael said firmly.
“And are you a ghost?” whispered Jane.
“Well yes, I am a ghost. My name’s Spooky. What’s yours?”
“I’m Michael and this is Jane,” Michael said. “How come this is your lighthouse anyway?”
“I inherited this place from my grandfather, but I don’t really like it here, because it’s
“Well,” said Jane, finally getting her courage to speak. “We’ll be your friends.”
“Okay,” said Spooky.
And every day after that Michael and Jane would go and visit him. On the last day, they
promised to come back again next summer. They were sad to leave him, but they were happy
to have a new ghostly friend.
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I was relaxing in the sun when Ciarán and his
family opened the back of their metal box on
wheels. Naturally, I was curious so I hopped in
the back and hid behind a bag. A few minutes
later, everyone was in the metal box and we
I was terrified of the noise the box was
making and after a bumpy journey we stopped.
As soon as the boot opened, I scampered out
before being seen.
Looking around I saw a large tower that
was on the edge of a cliff and ran over to it.
I saw old wooden barrels, fishing nets and a
twisting staircase. I carefully hopped up each
step and eventually reached another floor.
There I saw a large bed with a sign beside it.
I can’t read, obviously, but luckily Seán,
Ciarán’s brother, was reading it aloud: “Here is
the bed of the old man who used to live in this
lighthouse.” I didn’t know what a lighthouse
was, but I guessed it must have been the
name for the building I was in. Ciarán’s family
walked through a door, so I followed them.
They entered a room full of weird pictures of
ships, little statues of sheep and glass balls
with lighthouses inside. ““Ignore everything;
they are just tourist traps. Head for the exit,”
whispered Ciarán’s mum.
I continued hopping up the stairs, not
noticing my owner’s family leave. On the tip top
floor there was a huge circular glass window
with a large lamp in the centre. I peered down
at the ground outside and instantly felt like a
giant; everything was just so small from up
here. The metal box was the size of a mouse
and my owner and his family were like ants. I
looked out to the sea and saw colossal waves
crashing against the crumbling cliffs, and
a fishing boat just about noticeable on the
horizon. I looked again at my family and saw
Ciarán looking directly at me, I’d been spotted.
“Hey Mom!” shouted Ciarán, “I see
“That’s impossible Ciarán, we left her at
home,” exclaimed Siobhán. They turned and
headed for the metal box.
As I saw them enter the metal box, I
panicked. I didn’t know what to do! My
instincts took control, and I jumped on a metal
platform and started hitting buttons. A few
seconds later, a bright light started shining, I
ran for my life.
Down the stairs I scrambled, manoeuvring
through people’s legs who were ascending the
stairs. When I reached the door, I could hear
the metal box rumbling. Were they leaving
without me? Just then, Seán looked out the
window and saw me. The metal box screeched
to a halt and a door opened. I quickly jumped
“How did you get here, Wizzy?” asked
Ciarán, as he gently put me in the back of
the metal box. I curled up in a ball, purred
contently and fell asleep.
SAVING THE WHITE-TAILED EAGLE
Hi! I’m Holly. I’m eleven years old and I live
by a big lighthouse. This is a story about me
Oh, I forgot to tell you about my husky,
Snowflake. She is black and white with blue
eyes. Come with us, we have a story for you…
One day, Snowflake was scratching at the
door to go outside. I let her out and she ran
straight to the beach. Her ears pricked up.
“What is it, Snowflake?” I asked. She
stared at the lighthouse. “That’s just the old
lighthouse, you probably heard the waves,” I
said, admiring its blue and white stripes.
Snowflake pulled me by my shirt. “Okay,
I’m coming!” I said, stumbling after her.
“Rooh!” she barked.
“Did you find a bone?” I asked. She shook
her head and nudged me to the lighthouse
Then we heard voices, “I think we should
move them, sir” said one.
“NO! The guards will take care of that,”
replied the other. “Okay, sir,” the first said
timidly. Snowflake guided me to a hole she had
dug under the stairs and we listened quietly.
The metal steps groaned as people walked
overhead; we peeked through small grated
holes to see. There were two men, one was
small with glasses, the other was tall with a
“What if someone comes to visit?” asked
the bespectacled man anxiously.
“I TOLD you ALREADY Steve, the guards
can worry about that!” said the other gruffly as
they exited the lighthouse. My heart pounded
as Snowflake nuzzled me out from the hidden
passage and encouraged me to climb up the
I walked up and saw other holes she had
dug under the steps. At the top was a rotten,
wooden door with holes in it, so I peeked in.
There were two men standing in front of seven
cages with large white-tailed eagles squished
inside. My heart pounced to my mouth.
“Roof!” said a bark not belonging to
Snowflake and we hid in a nearby hole. “
“A guard dog was a great idea!” Steve
said to the tall man as they entered the room
with the cages. “Let’s go eat, this husky will
stand guard,” announced the leader. “YES
SIR!” said the guards. They all left, except for
The door creaked as Snowflake entered,
followed by multiple barks. The door opened
again shortly, by a tired, but victorious
Snowflake. I assessed the room. The birds
Searching my coat pockets I found
a wrapper, blu tack, a charm, three pins, a
chestnut… wait...that’s it, pins! Those lockpicking
classes finally paid off! Once all the
birds were free, I gave them all some jerky and
they squawked their gratitude.
We told the police; they found the four
men and arrested them. One eagle stayed
with me and I called her Pluma, which means
‘feather’ in Latin. Pluma and Snowflake
became besties and we all lived a long and
happy life together.
A LIGHTHOUSE ADVENTURE
One stormy night when we were staying in
Clare Island Lighthouse, a tabby kitten called
Fluffy went missing.
We first searched the ground floor for
any sign of Fluffy. We didn’t find any, not even
a bit of fluff beside a few fish that we had
We went up to the next floor, which had
a not-so-comfy couch, a gas stove which
we never used and a table. We left no stone
unturned but still no kitten, so we strode up
the spiral staircase to the kitchen floor.
It had everything you need in a kitchen
except that it was quite small and there was
only one window. We cleared away everything
but no sign of Fluffy. We did hear a meow
noise but it was just an old bell.
We continued to search on the next floor.
It was a store for gas batteries and oddly
enough food, but it was tidy enough to see
that there was no cat here.
We went up to the gallery floor. You could
see the seagulls blowing around in the wind
and then we saw Fluffy. We walked out of
the room out onto the gallery. The wind was
blowing so fast when we opened the door, we
nearly got sucked out but we managed to hold
I grabbed hold of Fluffy and ran back
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THE LIGHTHOUSE MURDER MYSTERY
It was the first day of the summer holidays and Izzy was on vacation with Daisy’s
family. Izzy and Daisy were best friends and never left each other’s side. They
were staying at a hotel by a beach with a big lighthouse nearby. They were
going to explore the lighthouse after breakfast and they could not wait!
Once they got to the lighthouse, they headed straight to the top. It was
very sunny up there and it had a great big window, which you could look out of
over the cliff edge and across the sea.
“Oh, look at those two men down there, Daisy,” said Izzy.
“It looks like they are having an argument,” said Daisy.
“Yeah. Oh look, one of them is pushing the other one off the cliff! Quick!
We have to call a lifeguard!” exclaimed Izzy.
Izzy and Daisy whizzed down the stairs and out to the cliff edge at top
speed! They called to a few of the lifeguards, who were down on the beach
below, to help.
“It’s okay, girls. We’ll find him,” one of the lifeguards said.
After hours of searching, they finally found the man, but he had drowned
and was now dead. Since there was no proof he got pushed in, everyone
thought he fell in by accident, except of course, Izzy and Daisy. Izzy tried to
explain what she saw, but she could see from the expression on the faces of
the lifeguards that her explanation fell on deaf ears.
“Daisy, this is terrible. Nobody believes us!” said Izzy.
“I know,” replied Daisy.
“Wait a minute! What if we find out who murdered that man?” exclaimed
“That is a great idea! Then people will finally listen to us!” said Daisy with
The girls decided to check the area where the victim’s body was found on
the beach at the bottom of the cliff to see if they could find any evidence which
might help them identify the murderer. Once they got there, the police had not
yet arrived and there were just a few lifeguards and a small crowd of people.
The lifeguards told the girls to move back but they found a way to sneak
around them. They started looking around where the body had laid on the
ground. For over thirty minutes, the girls scoured the area for evidence. Izzy
found some fresh breath mints and a bottle of shampoo with a rubbed-out note
stuck to it.
The girls gathered up the things they had found and put them in their
pockets. As they were walking back to the hotel, they noticed a piece of paper
dropping out of the pocket of one of the lifeguards who was walking just ahead
of them. They picked it up and read it. It was a list of people that had come to
the lighthouse between 9 a.m. and the time of the murder at twelve noon.
The girls knew immediately that it would help them to solve the mystery!
Excluding Mr Tennyson (the victim), Daisy, Izzy and Daisy’s family, the
names of the people on the list were:
1. Mr Stone
2. Mr Turnbull
3. Miss Parker
The note said that all three had been staying at the same hotel as Izzy and
The girls took all the evidence back to their room in the hotel to try and
solve the murder.
“Izzy, how about we check the rooms of the people on the list to see if we
can get any clues? The only thing is, I’m not sure how we are going to get into
their rooms,” said Daisy.
“Leave that to me!” answered Izzy and with that, she hit the fire alarm and
the sirens went off.
“What a great idea! Now you check Mr. Turnbull’s room, and I will check
Mr. Stone’s room. Quick! Quick! Quick! We don’t have much time!” exclaimed
After fifteen minutes of searching, they headed to search Miss Parker’s
“I found nothing except a shoe and a toothpick in Mr. Turnbull’s room.
What did you find in Mr Stone’s room?” asked Daisy on the way.
“I found a fancy suit and some fresh breath mints,” explained Izzy.
“Let’s look in Miss Parker’s wardrobe,” Izzy then said.
“Look at this fancy dress! It looks like she was going on a date!” exclaimed
“Wait! What if she was going to go on a date with the victim, Mr Tennyson?
But Mr Stone wanted her to go on a date with him, so when Mr Stone handed
the shampoo to the victim, the night before or that morning, there was a note
on it asking the victim to come to meet him on the cliff edge?” explained Izzy.
“Izzy, that’s genius! If we shade the note on the bottle of shampoo, we will
be able to see the writing!” squealed Daisy with excitement.
“Look, the note says, Meet me at the cliff edge beside the lighthouse at
twelve noon,” exclaimed Izzy after shading the note.
“Yay! We solved the mystery! Quick! Let’s tell the police!” said Daisy
They told the police everything and produced the evidence they had put
together. The Gardaí were very impressed with their detective skills and they
soon became known as the ‘Heroines of the Lighthouse!’
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Tilly was watching excitedly from her bedroom window, which had once been a watch room.
She loved living in the old lighthouse with her parents and her faithful dog Bonny, a loving
Tilly was an adventurous girl with ginger hair who loved playing up in the Wicklow
Mountains. “They’re here!” she squealed excitedly as she rushed down the stairs, pushing
Bonny aside and opening the door.
“Tilly!” her cousins chorused. Bonny barked madly. First, Sarah came in. She had
blue eyes, blonde hair and a bubbly personality. Jack, who was brave and strong, followed.
He had emerald eyes and chocolate hair. Next came the eldest, Tom. He was not unlike
Jack but had blue eyes. Tilly’s mother appeared, welcoming them in.
Suddenly, Uncle Keith, who had been reading a letter, jumped up. “We have to go
now,” he said. “Saoirse is sick!” I’m so sorry children, but Annie and I need to leave for
a few days. Can you stay by yourselves until we get back?” The children looked at each
other and nodded excitedly.
It was getting dark, so they all went to bed, tired. The next morning, they ran to the
local beach. Bonny ran ahead to a piece of seaweed, picked it up carefully and ran back
“That’s not seaweed!” exclaimed Sarah looking closer. “It’s a fawn!” Tom gently took
the fawn from Bonny and they all raced back to the lighthouse. For four hours, Tom lovingly
nursed the fawn in the storeroom. He came down the spiral staircase and placed the
delicate fawn on the ground. The children were so relieved it was recovering. For the rest
of the day Bonny was like a mother to the little fawn and Sandy followed her everywhere.
Later that night, Jack woke up to hear rough voices. He couldn’t see out the window
because it was so dark. Frightened, he woke Tom up. “Who do you think it could be?” he
Tom shrugged. Just then they heard footsteps descending from the watch room.
Terrified, Jack shone his torch at the door. The two boys gave a sigh of relief when they
saw it was just Bonny!
“What are you doing?” hissed a voice. “Tilly?”
“Yes, it’s us!”
BANG! Sarah screamed!
Bravely, Tilly went down to see what it was. Tom followed nervously. She opened the
iron front door and shone her torch ahead of her.
“Smugglers!” whispered Tom.
“They’re taking the deer!” cried Tilly. Suddenly they saw a bright light appearing from
a large boat behind the rocks.
“Hide!” hissed one of the smugglers. They inched back into the lighthouse, calling
frantically for the others to get their torches.
“Put them in the old lamp,” panted Tom. Sandy was asleep, in the corner unaware of
the happenings. They shone their torches and pushed the lamp to shine a beacon towards
the smugglers. The boat approached and they saw it was the ILV Granuaile, tracking the
My lighthouse! Over two hundred years old and still saving lives!
THE NARWHAL AT ST JOHN’S POINT
On the 1st of February 2020, my family stayed for two nights at St John’s Point
Lighthouse in Donegal. Mammy thought she was going to Mullingar or Athlone.
We told her that she needed to bring her swimsuit so we could go swimming.
She thought when we said that it meant that she was going to a swimming pool,
but the reason we said that was to trick Mammy into thinking she was going to
When we were on the narrow road to St John’s Point Lighthouse, we let
Mammy take off her blindfolds and have a look around.
Mammy was SHOCKED. We asked her to guess where she was. First,
she guessed Donegal but then we asked her, “Are you sure we might not be in
Galway or Clare?”
Mammy got confused. When we were nearly there, we saw a lot of cows
and had to honk the horn at one because they wouldn’t move.
After we got the luggage out of the car and into our beautiful little cottage, we
went for a long walk all along the coast. We saw one of the famous World War
II landmarks, Eire 70.
I said to Mammy, “Maybe they didn’t put a fada on it because people might
not understand it?”
Mammy took pictures of sun setting and lighthouse shining its light way out
to coast. We could see a little town across the water from the lighthouse with
loads of lights. It was called Killybegs.
The next day we got up early and went for a cycle at sunrise. It was really
cool and peaceful. The lighthouse light had just turned off. After lunch in the
cottage we went for a long walk. we saw many different things like rabbits, cows
and water splashing against rocks. We even went really close to the edge, but
the most amazing bit on that walk was seeing a narwhal.
A narwhal is a cross between a whale and a unicorn. I was happy. The
narwhal was navy with loads of glitter and a horn.
We then got on the narwhal’s back and we had a ride along the coast. It
was so much fun, but then we got lost. Luckily, Thomas remembered the funny
rocks so then we were able to get back to the cottage.
Daddy made dinner while we watched the lighthouse keeper checking the
light in the lighthouse was working properly. After dinner we had some cake for
Before the walk we showed Mammy another surprise, which was the spa.
Mammy had told me that she would love a spa so I told Daddy. We brought some
music and Daddy brought lots of spa things. I also gave her a card. Mammy had
a bath in the evening while Thomas and I were reading.
At 5:00am we woke up to go back home because we had school and work
that day. We arrived home at 8:00am.
The best lighthouse stay ever.
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A NIGHT IN THE LIGHTHOUSE
“Chirp, Chirp!” say the birds.
“Baa,” say the sheep.
“Ha ha ha,” say the children. This is the
peaceful life of the British on the beautiful
And there she is: the lighthouse, on
the corner of Stanley. She is fabulous! Oh!
And there’s the mayor, Trevor Smith! He is
making an announcement.
“Hello everyone!” says the mayor.
“Does everyone remember the two people
that watch out for trouble in the lighthouse?”
“Yes,” everyone says.
“Okay,” says the mayor. “Forget them. I
fired them because they wanted to see their
families. Ha ha!” The crowd says nothing.
“So we got our new lookouts, Scott and
Scott and Amelia come out. “You’re
fired!” says the mayor because they had
stopped looking out to see if trouble was
coming. Then pirates from Valencia came!
Everyone runs to their houses, but the
mayor stays in the lighthouse to launch the
ships from the secret underground bunker.
They come out but get stuck. So the
Falklanders have to evacuate to Ushuaia in
Argentina, except for the mayor, who is in
his panic room with all the money.
Britain was annoyed and in a month’s
time they went back to the Falkland Islands.
Britain attacked and won by giving the pirates
loads of money. But before the pirates left,
they shot a cannonball at the lighthouse and
it collapsed, so the British couldn’t pay back
the money because they had given it all to
the pirates and the small bit that they had
was stolen by the mayor.
So what do we learn from this? Don’t
let Trevor Smith enter your country.
It was a stormy wet night. We were out on
our small steamboat, heading home after a
tough day fishing. The waves began crashing
against the boat, almost turning us in the
opposite direction. Suddenly a big beaming
light shone down on our battered boat and
almost blinded us.
Then, out of nowhere, we could see
a strange little old man standing out on
the rocks. He threw out two life rings and
called for us to jump out of the boat. We
were frightened that the boat was going to
topple over so we did as he said and swam
The old man whispered, “Come with
me.” We followed him up into the massive
lighthouse. There was so many stairs we
stumbled up them cold tired and now wet.
When we reached the top, Dad yelled,
“Mind the step!”I almost fell and when I
looked down, I couldn’t believe how high
up we were. I remembered from school that
lighthouses can reach up to two hundred
At the top, we went to the window to
see out into the ocean. To our surprise there
was a pod of whales charging towards the
lighthouse. They must have lost their way in
the storm. The lighthouse keeper was going
crazy as this was his home and he didn’t
want it to get damaged.
Then I stepped in and saved the day. I
grabbed the huge light and shone it towards
the oncoming whales, it must have stunned
them as the miraculously began to swim
away. The lighthouse keeper was so relieved
and suggested that we stay the night, this
meant getting to stay in this magnificent
lighthouse which was going to be so much
The storm began to calm so we went
into the village for some fish and chips.
Afterwards he showed us to his spare room
it was tiny but it didn’t take me long to get to
sleep we had an exhausting day.
We thanked the lighthouse keeper
before sailing back home the next morning
I chuckled, “We really did have a whale of
MYSTERY OF THE LOST GOLD
Dick and Julian packed their luggage
and sat in the back of the car. Both were
clever and smart children. Dick was always
into studies while Julian was very jocular
and could make you laugh in awkward
They were very excited to visit one of
Ireland’s most beautiful lighthouses. It was
a long trip from Sligo and they were tired
so the boys fell asleep. After about two
hours, their mother woke them up.
“We are here!” she exclaimed, tapping
their shoulders. They woke with a start.
“Where are we? “asked Dick stupidly.
“Fanad Head Lighthouse,” replied
When they got out of the car, they
were both awestruck by the beauty around
them. But hunger soon overtook their awe.
“I am starving,” complained Dick.
”Let’s find somewhere to eat,”
said Mum. They soon stopped outside a
The boys ate like pigs and by looking
at them you would guess they had not
eaten for days. They had finished their
food before their parents even got to the
“Me and Dick are going to see the
lighthouse,” said Julian. And the boys
walked out the restaurant.
On the way it started raining so they
ran to the lighthouse. There was another
boy there, about their age.
“I am Jack. Who are you? “asked the
“I am Julian, and this is my brother
Dick,” replied Julian.
“I also happen to be the member of
the family that has been managing the
lighthouse for many generations,” said the
boy with a hint of pride in his voice.
“Tell us more!” said Dick excitedly.
“Well it’s a long story. My greatgrandfather
was a great diver and lived in
the village even before the lighthouse was
constructed. While working at lighthouse, he
used to maintain a journal which I have never
opened before. Do you want to see what’s
inside?” asked Jack.
“Of course,” said Dick and Julian
As soon as Jack opened it, a piece of
paper fell out.
“What’s this?” asked Julian.
“It’s a map,” said Jack picking it up.
“There is an X marked on the caves we
just passed by,” said Dick.
“What’s it for?” asked Julian.
“Let’s find out,” confirmed Jack.
Luckily the rain had stopped and they
hurried out to the same caves.
“Let’s look around for clues,” said
They switched on their torches and
looked around. Julian flashed the torch on
a wooden trapped door. He opened it and
beckoned the others inside. There were
narrow staircases leading down into a
chamber. In the far corner was a chest. The
children lifted it and peeked inside.
They were shocked. The next morning
the headline of the newspaper was: 200
Year Old Gold Lost From SS Laurentic
Discovered by 12-Year-Old Kids.
They all were famous.
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“Do we have to?” asked Gemma.
“Yes, we’re going to the lighthouse no matter what!”
yelled Mrs. Burke.
“Ughhh!”said Gemma’s sister Katie.
The family had been told that the house was going to be sold and their father
had found a lighthouse off the coast of Kerry that they could live in for a while until
they got a house.
“Now start packing!” said Mrs. Burke. Katie and Gemma stomped into their
room and started to pack.
“At least it’s a lighthouse,” said Katie.
“Yeah,” said Gemma. But neither were too fond of beaches as they had always
lived in a town near Mayo.
They waddled into the car and after hours and hours they arrived.
“Ewww!” said Gemma. They were staring at a white and grey lighthouse with
flaky paint, broken windows, walls made of old greyish stone.
“Please tell me this is not our new house!” screamed Katie as they walked
But as they opened the wooden door, they noticed that the inside was the
opposite of awful. It had white walls and polished wooden tables with the smell of
“Well, time for bed, c’mon, you two. It’s nearly ten o’clock!” They went up the
spiral staircase and found the most beautifully furnished bedroom, with a switch for
the light that spins round each night.
Katie and Gemma hopped to bed.
“Girls!” said Mrs. Burke. “I’m going into the village to get Dad. Would you like
“Yes!” they said.
“This is fun,” said Katie, as they strolled down the beach.”Wanna find Mum?”
“Sure,” said Gemma. They went up towards the village.
“Please! Just a slice of bread!” said a woman on the street. She was clearly
“No! You contaminate the streets and you think I shall give you food? Absurd!”
said a posh sailor.
“All right,” she said coldly. “But just know you will be punished!” He strolled
It was nighttime and the girls had had a wonderful day.
They were asleep when they heard a floorboard creak, and as they
opened their eyes they saw the woman from the street. She was
headed towards the light switch that helped sailors find their
“That’ll teach him,” she muttered as she turned it off
and she slipped away
It was morning and they were in the village,
when they noticed fliers that read:
IF YOU HAVE SEEN THIS MAN
Please call 086 12345 67890
It was the posh sailor!
The woman was smirking. An ice cold thought went through Gemma’s mind.
“You don’t think that she switched the light off so the posh sailor would crash
into the rocks, do you?” The woman walked away and started toward the beach.
They followed her until…
“Pity about that boat that was found adrift, with nobody aboard,” she said coldly.
“It’s a mystery,” she hissed.
She shrieked innocently, pointing at the poster. “Oh, a sailor missing?” “Where
could he be? As the old sailor saying goes, between the devil and the deep blue
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JEFF AND HIS LONELY LIGHTHOUSE
THE BEARDED ENGINEER
This is based on a true story of my greatgrandparents.
Neil Desmond Clotworthy
was an engineer for Irish Lights. This story
starts when his clever expertise ended up in
a spot of bother.
The smell of the scones baking in the
oven filled the air while the children were
playing in the sitting room. Pauline sat down
at the kitchen table, beside where Neil was
sitting. Pauline and Neil had been thinking
about doing something that would make
passing food through the kitchen to the
other room easier.
“That’s a good idea. I’ll try and think of
something. I’ll get started after I finish fixing
this radio that’s driving me crazy,” replied
Neil, looking at the small mechanism he was
fiddling with in his hands.
The next day, after a plan had been
made up for the kitchen, Neil got started with
making a square hole through the kitchen
wall. Suddenly there was a call from the
lighthouse on Eagle Island. Something was
wrong with the lighthouse and Neil had to
go and see what it was.
He packed a bag full of water and a
scone, leaving Pauline with a pile of dusty
rubble in her clean kitchen while Neil said
his goodbyes and made his way to the car.
A few hours later, when Neil arrived on
the island, the wind picked up and it slowly
turned into a storm. Neil knew that he
wasn’t going to make it home that evening.
Days went by and Neil started to grow a
beard - an unusual beard at that. His dark
brown hair grew very long over the week
on the island but his beard however, grew
even faster - and red.
Eventually the stormy weather ended
and Neil could go home. When he did get
there, his family giggled at the Bearded
Once upon a time in a lonely little town with a tiny little
lighthouse lived a man called Jeff.
Jeff lived in the lighthouse with all his pet
animals. He was not a very social man and so he kept
to himself. He was a bit odd, as he talked to all his
animals and acted like they could answer. He looked a
bit crazy too, with his hair that looked like he had been
plugged into a light socket. Hardly anybody came to
this side of the beach and it was nice and peaceful
But then, one day, a ship appeared on the
horizon. Now Jeff just ignored it like he always did,
which he didn’t do very often as no one ever came
near his lighthouse. He carried on as normal, but
the ship sailed closer and closer. Jeff started to get
concerned. He was eating his honey, bacon, peanut
butter and egg sandwich and drinking his cherry juice
when the ship was nearly at bay.
Now he had to do something, he thought. So he
grabbed his odd pop-gun rifle, and attempted to shoot
near the ship as a warning sign that it wouldn’t be a
good idea to settle here. However, Jeff’s aim being
terrible, he hit the strange little man standing on the
“HELP!” the man yelped, falling right off his ship
and landing in the water. He splashed about for a bit,
but then Jeff threw him an inflatable duck ring and got
it stuck tight around him.
Oh no, thought Jeff.
In the meantime, Gerald the pirate was stuck in
the duck ring and was floating. He was glad that he
was saved but did not know how to get out of it. It was
rather embarrassing, really. The waves were taking
him towards the lighthouse.
Now Jeff didn’t want to meet or talk to anyone,
so he tried to shoo off Gerald. Gerald did not have
control over where he was going and was drifting
slowly but steadily towards the lighthouse. Jeff got
frantic and shoots again using the pop gun in the
general direction not knowing what to do.
This time it hit the duck ring and it started to
deflate. Now Gerald flopped around frantically like
a fish, yelling at Jeff furiously. But then Jeff’s eight
macaws flew over and managed to grab Gerald. They
lifted him into the sky and flapped over towards the
Gerald yelped as he was lifted off the ground
and ascended higher and higher into the sky. He was
scared of heights, and this was high enough to count.
Jeff turned and ran up the lighthouse.
“WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING?” he
shouted, waving his short arms and legs around.
“Squawk!” replied one of the macaws, nearly
“I DIDN’T MEAN YOU! AND WATCH WHAT
YOU’RE DOING!” he screamed, glad he didn’t fall,
but generally upset with the birds.
Jeff was all the way up the lighthouse now,
standing on the platform where the light was. There
was usually glass here, but he had modified it to his
He remembered that his macaws would come
to where he was and ran all the way down again,
towards the ship. The birds abruptly turned around,
nearly dropping Gerald again, and went after Jeff.
“Stupid birds,” Gerald muttered under his breath,
clenching his hands into fists. By now Jeff had climbed
onto the top deck of the wooden ship and called for
the macaws to come to him. Once they reached Jeff,
they dropped Gerald onto the deck, and he rolled off
towards the back room.
“HEY!” he yelled as he crashed into the door.
“WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING?”
Jeff turned and ran back to his lighthouse. “Go away!”
he called, hoping that would do the trick.
“I WILL, ACTUALLY! YOU RUINED
EVERYTHING!” Gerald stood up, waving his fists at
Jeff and his animals. “AND I WON’T BE BACK!”
He grabbed the wheel and turned his ship towards
Norway, where he had come from. Jeff watched him
sail away as the sun set, glad he was finally alone
again. As the ship disappeared on the horizon, he
went and grabbed the leftovers of his honey, bacon,
peanut butter and egg sandwich from earlier that day
and the cherry juice.
He settled back down to eat what was meant
to be his breakfast for dinner instead and fed all his
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FIRE IN THE SKY
Once, not so long ago,
there was a tall lighthouse
on a giant rock surrounded
by a deep, sky blue ocean.
It had red and white stripes
and big, long yellow light
beams shone brightly
through the sparkling
ocean. There was an old
useless rope tied to the top
of the lighthouse hanging
down to almost the bottom
with a buoy fixed to the
There was a girl with
deep gold coloured hair,
grass green eyes, and
really tanned skin. her
name was Izzy. She loved
to swing on the buoy. She
lived with her grandfather
who ran the lighthouse.
Every day, he would turn
the light beams on for
five minutes in the early
morning and late at noon.
He had an old, rusty, bright green and purple
vessel, called The Shipwreck. His boat was
rusty because he used it to go to the city
market nearby and go fishing and he brought
food for the dolphins as well.
Izzy loved staring at the star sky before
going to sleep (that’s why she slept outside)
but tonight was different…
One night, Izzy was getting ready for
bed when she saw a shiny stream flowing
down to her, stepping stones appearing out
of nowhere on to stream. Curiosity filled her
Suddenly a huge wave lifted the girl and
carried her into a massive yellowy-orange
flame and threw her in. Then, everything
went black. She woke up with a straightface
water drop with big round glasses
floating above her face.
The moment Izzy’s eyes blinked open.
The water drop started rambling.
“Your lighthouse, you see, is affecting
our town,” said the sky-blue straight-face
water drop. “Our town hospital needs to be
The drop stared at Izzy frantically.
Izzy gave the drop a very small but clear
wink. The water drop gave a deep sigh.
“Ahhh, okay. On the next three-ninths
moon (this is how drops count time), this
flame will appear again. We will expect you
to be done by then,” said the drop, with the
first smile since they met. Izzy turned to go
and magically found herself in her bed.
Izzy was planning to plant a tree and
build a tree house (meant to be a hospital) in
Eight Months Later
Izzy finally finished everything and was now
lowering the little wooden building on a tree
into the ocean. Her old, wrinkly grandpa
stood beside her smiling.
Every night the water droplets would
shine rainbow lights out of the ocean to
show their thanks.
THE MIDNIGHT TERROR
Today I was going to help my dad at the
lighthouse. I was staying for the night, so I
was packing to go.
On the way to the lighthouse, it started
to get darker and darker until it was nearly
pitch black. You could hear the loud scream
of rain and thunder. When I arrived I said
goodbye to my mum and hi to my dad.
The storm was getting worse.
In the darkness the storm was crashing
down and I could hear a loud howl that made
me grab with fear onto my dad.
The howling stopped! We went to try
and find out what it had been. Out the door
we went, a touch in one hand and a stick in
the other. Me and my dad found that it was
a dog who had no home. We took the dog
back to the lighthouse. It was starving and
we gave it something to eat.
Suddenly the big light that guides the
ships turned off. It never turned off. I could
hear the crashing of the waves and the
crashing of ships. It sounded like they were
My dad rushed with the torch to check
the wiring of the lights. Some of them had
Suddenly there was a loud BANG,
which sounded like a drum being hit.
In a second, the light had burst into a
million pieces. I started to scream, “Ghost!”
My dad was calming me down until…
he was lifted by nothing at all and he was
floating just above me. He had been pushed
of the side of the lighthouse into the was buy
this invisible creature.
I was screaming and screaming for
help. I knew my dad was a really strong
swimmer, he had been swimming since a
baby. But was he strong enough in these
Thank goodness he made it, he
survived but he was so badly injured. Dad
was brought to hospital for treatment. Life
would never be the same again, when I got
home all I could think of was the invisible
creature and would it come back for me…
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On a dark stormy night in 1920, a family of four called the Averells were sailing out on a
huge boat called the Marina. It was a winter night in November and everyone in the town
thought this family, and everyone on board, were mad to go on another big cruise ship since
the Titanic incident.
They were rich but not a spoiled family. Mr and Mrs Averell owned a car, which was
very expensive in those times. The youngest was six years old. She was called Ruth. The
oldest child was eleven and she was called Helen.
Most people on board the Marina were a little nervous, as they thought that night
would be exactly like the night the Titanic had sunk. The Averells were pretending that they
were not frightened and that everything was all fine, even when the captain announced:
“Do not be frightened, it looks like we may not make it through the night. Please stay
calm and make your way to the upper areas.”
As soon as the words “we may not make it through the night” came out of the radio,
everyone rushed up to the top floor. But Mr and Mrs Averell said to their children, “Don’t
worry we shall wait ‘till all this pushing and shoving is over.”
By the time the Averells got up to the top deck it seemed quiet.
“Look, look! Everybody is there!” shouted Ruth as she pointed to far off dots floating
away from the boat. They had been left behind.
Then Helen had a good idea, she asked hopefully, “Hey Father, don’t you know how
to steer a ship? You work at Titanic Quarter, so you know how it all works, don’t you?!”
Mr Averell thought for a moment. “Hmm… but aren’t the waters way too choppy?”
Mr. Averell then found a note from the Captain:
Good evening to all passengers,
There has been an oil leak which has caused the whole ship to stop. I have decided to
leave on one of our wooden lifeboats. There should be enough to take everyone.
I hope you all get back safely,
“The boat has had an oil leak. There must be some spare oil here somewhere,” Mr Averell
said rather angrily. “Right. Helen, go into the control room. You can speak to us through the
radio. Ruth, your mum and I will search the boat for oil.”
They soon found three cans of oil each and within an hour they’d started the ship but
they had forgotten that they didn’t know the way home. Suddenly they saw a light. They
followed without even speaking as it was their only hope.
“Oh, oh it must be a lighthouse! I know I’ve read millions of books about them!” said
They were relieved to see a huge tall red and white building with an illuminating light
that you could see from miles away. As soon as they got close enough, they raced towards
the shore. Mr Averell explained what had happened to the lighthouse keeper and he willingly
agreed to let them stay as long as they needed to recover from what had happened.
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THE LOST BOY OF HOOK HEAD
One stormy night, a man called Thomas was in a lighthouse. It was his
first shift as a lighthouse keeper. Thomas was from Mullingar, but he had
moved to Wexford because he had relations there.
All of a sudden, Thomas heard a knock on the door. He walked over
to the door to see a little boy with ragged clothes on. The boy looked
hungry and pale. The little boy said he was on a small ship with his family.
They had seen the lighthouse and on their way, they had hit a big rock.
The little boy said he swam over here.
Thomas asked the boy what his name was and he said, “Sean
Loftus.” The two of them went out to see if they could spot the rest of
Sean’s family but the only light they had was from the lightning. The only
thing they could feel was the water splashing against the rocks. The wind
was so strong it pushed them back to the lighthouse. Sean and Thomas
both went to sleep feeling sad and empty-handed.
When Thomas woke up, he went to Sean’s room for another look for
his family but Sean was not there. Thomas looked all over the lighthouse,
but he still could not find him. He checked the road and town but still he
was nowhere to be seen. He went to report this to the Garda. Thomas
told him all about how they met and the shipwreck. Last of all he said his
name was Sean Loftus. The Garda replied, “Are you serious?”
Thomas said, “Yes.”
The Garda looked very worried.
Thomas said, “What is wrong?”
The Garda said the boy had died forty years ago. The boy was a
lost ghost from nearby Loftus House. Thomas walked home feeling very
odd. He went to bed and tried to forget it!! Impossible though, as it was
something he would not and could not forget.
It’s the first day of summer holidays, which means the lighthouse is open for tours
Ciara loves lighthouses and looks forward to the tour all year. She has been
going every year for as long as she can remember. This year Mum promised to bring
her the first day it opened for tours and Ciara has been counting down the days.
Unfortunately Mum has been called into work and knows Ciara will be so
disappointed if she doesn’t find a solution, but her boss has made it clear she needs
to put in the extra hours if she really wants to be considered for that promotion.
“What about if Tara takes you?” says Mum. Ciara dramatically rolls her eyes
- she knows her sister will not want to spend the first day of summer holidays
playing chaperone to her little sister, especially since she thinks she’s far too cool
for lighthouse tours. Tara prefers spending her time applying layers and layers of lip
gloss and taking a million selfies a day. Tara makes fun of her sister for her love of
lighthouses and she often tries to encourage Ciara to take an interest in fashion,
constantly showing her the latest craze some blogger on her Instagram is showing
Tara reluctantly agrees to go, but not without sulking the whole way there.
Even though the sun is shining the waves still look angry splashing against the
rocks. The wind as they make our way up towards little coffee shop is making it
harder to hear Tara’s constant complaining. Her hair is swishing around tangling up
and sticking to her lip gloss, and those “sliders,” as she calls them, were definitely
not made for walking.
She has an angry look on her face but Ciara can’t help but ignore her, there’s
something about this place that makes her go into her into her own little world.
Ciara wonders what it would feel like to be a lighthouse keeper here before
it was automated, tending to the fuel and the weather station and sending out fog
signals. This particular lighthouse is the second oldest operating lighthouse in the
world. Ciara loves when the tour guide tells stories about when the monks lived here.
They have painted the exterior since her last trip and Ciara stops to admire it
when suddenly she hears Tara gasp, “Who is THAT ?!!”
It’s Matthew the tour guide, he’s been working here for the past two years.
Suddenly Tara is looking a little more excited about our tour, and for a girl who
usually oozes confidence she’s now frantically trying to tame her windswept hair
and asking Ciara questions like, “Is my mascara running?” “Have I got lip gloss on
The day goes by in a flash as usual and all too soon Mum’s car pulls into the
“How was your day, girls?” she asks. Before Ciara has a chance to open her
mouth Tara excitedly announces that it was the best day EVER!
Mum looks both shocked and bewildered at this announcement. The whole
way home Tara couldn’t stop talking about the day and how excited she is to go
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My grandpa worked at a lighthouse by our
house for twenty years. He is in a better
place now… I mean a beach in Hawaii is
such a better place! One day my little sister,
Lucy, sweet-talked me into bringing her
inside the lighthouse.
After a while exploring, we heard a faint
“meow”. To our astonishment, it was our
grandad’s old cat, Mittens. I was surprised
she was still alive after all these years. She
was called Mittens because she has white
paws. I went over to her, but she ran up the
stairs. I followed her, but she ran further. I
felt as though she was trying to show me
something and so I followed her until we
came to a room which I didn’t know existed.
On a table in the room sat Mittens, pulling
at something from a notebook… It was a
The map was one of those yellowy,
old-timey maps and showed the lighthouse
basement with a big red X. Now, I have seen
a lot of pirate movies and I know a treasure
map when I see it! How exciting! I always
thought that this lighthouse was boring.
Then it was 10:30 p.m… Oops! I am
in soooo much trouble, I thought. I grabbed
Lucy and ran the whole way home. I was
exhausted. I ran a whole twenty metres.
Way too far! When I told this to my mom,
she just laughed at me and then gave out
about my lateness.
The next morning, I set out to continue
my search (with some toast). Before leaving,
Lucy jumped up, “I want to go on a treasure
“Okay, okay,” I said. “Just count to
10,000 and then we can go.” She didn’t fall
“I want to come,’’ she said as she
grabbed my phone. “If you don’t let me, I will
smash your phone.
“Give it back!” I whined helplessly,
as she dangled it in the air. “Fine, you can
We went down to the basement looking
for clues and we found one behind a brick
that came out. No treasure. Just a riddle,
but one that only I would know the answer
to. The riddle read:
Who was the first grandchild to come
with me on the Explorer (his boat)?
It was me of course, his favourite! Okay,
turns out I wasn’t me. It was Mia, she’s
my cousin. I tried her name and a stairway
appeared. Hhmph. I was bummed.
The stairs led to a small room with
some writing on the wall. It read: What is my
favourite crisp flavour?
Well, I knew. It was salt and vinegar,
which I shouted, and suddenly a hatch on
the floor opened and brought us to our next
riddle. Why is Mittens called Mittens? Now
that was something I did know.
At last the treasure showed itself with
a note saying, Leave some for the next
My funny grandpa…
THE UNTOLD STORY OF VALENTIA
“This is a tale of sea scallies, silly sallies and
dilly dallies as Lucy and George embark on
an adventure to Grandpa’s lighthouse on
Valentia Island,” smiled Mum as she packed
“It’s so unfair,” whined George. “You get to
explore the Amazon while we are stuck on
“I have great memories of exploring the
lighthouse when I was your age,” said Mum.
It was late when they finally arrived at
the lighthouse and George and Lucy were so
tired that they just had time to wave goodbye
to Mum before falling into bed.
It was a stormy night with thunder and
lightning. Lucy woke up with a start and
shook George awake. They both ran up the
stairs to the top of the lighthouse, where
the lantern room was located, to watch the
storm. Suddenly, they saw a silhouette of
a boat lying on the shore, but they knew
they would have to wait until morning to
investigate because it was such a bad night.
At the crack of dawn, the children
rushed down to the beach and saw an old
shipwreck washed up on the sand. They
found Grandpa searching the wreckage and
they decided to help him.
“Look, I think I found something!”
shouted George as he triumphantly showed
them an old wine bottle with what looked
like a scroll of paper inside. He uncorked
the bottle and shook out a faded piece of
parchment. It had just a few words in spidery
writing on it:
Treasures for those who know,
How to solve thy puzzles foretold,
That the Valentia Lighthouse beholds
Lucy turned over the piece of paper and
there was a map of Valentia Island with a
big X on it. She beckoned George and
Grandpa over. “I think the treasure must be
in the lighthouse,” said Lucy confidently, as
on the map the big X was so close to the
“I don’t think so. How could you bury
a treasure in a lighthouse?” asked Grandpa
wisely. They all had another look at the map.
“I think it must be next to the lighthouse
in that patch of wildflowers,” exclaimed
When they arrived at the flower patch,
the children began to dig and an hour later
with aching limbs and blistered hands, they
hit their shovels against a large metal case.
When they opened the case, they stared at
a white plant with bright green leaves.
“It is just a weird plant,” said George
Then they heard Grandpa muttering, “I
thought it was only a myth...” and explained
that it was an ancient Irish plant known as
an quinín bán, which roughly translates as
‘the white plant that cures all.’ It was widely
believed to have magical healing properties
and legend had it the plant could cure any
“Maybe it will still be able to heal people,
like it did hundreds of years ago and give
some hope to the sick!” said Lucy.
A BIG BANG
There was once a lighthouse on a little island
in the middle of nowhere. An old, forgetful
lighthouse keeper lived there.
On the little island nothing ever
happened, but one stormy night the old
lighthouse keeper was going to bed when
he heard a big BANG!
What was that? thought the old
lighthouse keeper as he went up to the
When he got up there, he expected to
be greeted by a warm glow, but what was
this? There was no glow, only darkness. The
old lighthouse keeper now knew what had
happened, he had forgotten to turn on the
light before he got into bed and a ship must
have crashed on the rocks.
He turned on the light and he was right!
But what was this? There were people
stranded on the rocks. He knew what to do.
He ran, well hobbled, to his bedroom where
he called the police, an ambulance, and air
and water rescue!
They came and rescued all the people
and the police and the old lighthouse keeper
explained and talked about what happened.
The next day the old man found himself
moving to a lovely cottage on the coast and
he is still there to this day.
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THE LITTLE OLD LIGHTHOUSE
THERE STANDS THE LIGHTHOUSE
There stands the lighthouse, tall and strong
Shining its light all night long
This bright beam helps to save lives
From the great big rocks sharp as knives
There stands the lighthouse, courageous and brave
Fishermen in the storm, it does save
When the wild white horses crash on the rocks
The flash of the lighthouse guides them home to the docks
There stands the lighthouse, mighty and tough
Not caring about the waves so rough
Treacherous storms on perilous seas
That stretch on for infinity
There stands the lighthouse, fearless and proud
Resisting heroically under dark clouds
But the fiery beacon cuts through the night
Leading sailors safely home, thanks to its light
There stands the lighthouse, apart and alone
Except for the keepers, there on their own
Always watching and on lookout
To warn of the rocks, so there is no doubt
There stands the lighthouse, ancient and old
With stories and history still to be told
Magical secrets lost in the past
Legends and myths which will never last
There stands the lighthouse, silent and still
Away in the distance, pledging its will
That sailors who sail and go far out to sea
Will always be safe and always be free.
Antoine and Alexandre Carmody-Portier
There’s a little old lighthouse,
Sitting on a beach.
I’ve tried to swim up to it,
but it’s always out of reach.
The only thing that goes in and out,
Is a little black cat,
With a little pink snout.
Cause I have always wondered,
What could be inside?
So I borrowed a sailboat,
And went for a ride.
I pulled in my sail,
And then I set off.
But I didn’t go fast,
For the wind was too soft.
When I reached the lighthouse,
I scrambled through rocks.
I looked at a washing line,
And saw a pair of socks!
Does someone else live here?
Other than the cat?
I walked around the side,
And saw an old door mat!
I scrambled through the window
And tumbled to the floor
I don’t know why I didn’t think of knocking on the door!
I turned around and sitting there was a very old man
With a long grey beard and tea in his hand.
“Who are you?” I said in fear,
My name is Marbaly
I’m a friend of Dumbledore
Now sit down and have some tea.
He told me almost everything,
His adventures, curses and more,
Until it was time for me to go,
So he walked me out the door.
He told me I was welcome any time,
And to come and visit soon.
And that night from my bed
I saw his lighthouse flicker in the gloom.
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Mary and Johnny live with their mum and dad in a
cottage next to the lighthouse. Mary is fourteen years
old and Johnny is eleven. Their dad is the lighthouse
keeper, as was their grandad and his father before
The lighthouse is a tall thin building with a red railing at
the top where the light shines from. Mary and Johnny
love to go up to the top of the lighthouse with their
dad to turn on the light, even though they have to
go up over 200 steps to get to the top. As Mary and
Johnny live by the sea, they both love to fish and to
swim. They said they were the best swimmers in their
school because they are so fit from running up and
down the lighthouse steps and this gives them strong
One day, Mary and Johnny asked their mum if
they could go for a swim and she said they could, as
long they were back in two hours for dinner. Mary and
Johnny ran to the beach and into the sea, then they
decided to have a swimming race out to the orange
buoy. The sea was choppy and Johnny got caught in
a rip tide and it dragged him out to sea. Mary could
see Johnny was going further out to sea and shouted
at Johnny to come back, but when Johnny tried to, he
was pulled further out. Mary swam out to try and help
Johnny and ended up in trouble as well.
Mary told Johnny to stop trying to swim back in,
because he was only getting tired. They were both
very worried when they could not see the lighthouse
anymore. Mary tried to cheer Johnny up by telling him
that someone would come soon as mum would call
for help when they didn’t turn up for dinner.
Suddenly they saw some fins rapidly coming
close to them. They were sharks, four of them. Mary
and Johnny were very frightened and scared and
Johnny started to cry. Mary wanted to cry too but
put a brave face on for her little brother. Suddenly
some dolphins appeared and were jumping in and out
of the sea close to them. This stopped the sharks
from coming near them. The dolphins kept swimming
around them and after a while the sharks moved on.
The dolphins stayed close to them until they heard the
sound of a boat engine, then they swam away. As the
boat got closer, Mary and Johnny could see it was a
Coast Guard boat.
Mary and Johnny were so happy when they were
finally on the boat. The Coast Guard crew wrapped
them in tin foil and gave them hot chocolate to drink.
They were very relieved when they could see the
lighthouse, because they knew they would be home
soon. Mum started crying when they got off the boat
and when they told their mum and dad what happened,
Dad said, “The dolphins saved your lives.”
THE HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSE
The fog was thick and our boat was swaying gently,
as if something was pushing us. The eerie silence
played tricks on our minds. It seemed that we were
The silence was broken as our captain shouted,
“Raise the sails!” We pushed forward towards the
sweet smell of dry land and felt the wind rush through
our hair as we made way and we felt good.
The fog was blinding us. Our captain commanded,
“Let out the sails!” We became becalmed in the middle
of the ocean. My friend Jimmy and I heard a noise in
the direction of the bow. The bosun said, “Go check
We made our way to the lower deck where the
noise was coming from and then we saw it – a hole in
the boat and water rushing in. Just then we heard the
cry, “Light off the starboard bow!”
The ship raced through the waters towards the
light. When we made landfall, there was no sign the
light. Confused, we set up camp on the shore. The
next day when we woke, the fog had cleared and
there was a lighthouse towering above us. It was a
As we stepped inside, unaware of the danger
lurking beyond the door. Suddenly one crew-mate
was taken by a rope and hung upside down. In the
shock and confusion, he just vanished. The rope fell
silently to the ground.
The bosun suddenly became dizzy. He grabbed at
his throat and groaned, “The water, the water must be
poison.” As he fell to the ground, the bosun vanished
into thin air just like our other crew-mate.
We were all scared now but we continued to
climb the steps, one by one, towards the light. At
the top we saw an old man sitting beside the light
source. We said hello. He turned around slowly and
his face shone as bright at the sun. He was the light!
We freaked out as he suddenly rose from his chair,
reached out and grabbed two of our crewmates by the
neck. They vanished.
We turned to run but the staircase was somehow
blocked off. We would have to fight our way out so we
drew our swords. The old man knocked our captain to
the ground with one blow. His flashlight fell from his
pocket, it was on and it shone in the old man’s face,
blinding him. Our captain shouted, “The light! The light
I grabbed the flashlight and shone it at the old
man’s face as we ran, I lost sight of the others as we
ran to escape.
I woke from a coma a week later in hospital. The
doctor told me that I had been found washed up on
the beach alone. I asked about my ship.
“What ship?” asked the doctor. “There was no ship.”
I told him the story about the lighthouse. He replied
that old lighthouse had been decommissioned a
hundred years ago after the lighthouse keeper was
found hanging from the light.
I am Captain Ben and I have a story to tell. But before
I tell you anything, I have to tell you that I am seventysix
and I sailed a vessel called the Maleficent Two. I
sailed it in 1956 with my fellow crew members Bob,
Marley, Bill and Oisín.
We were on a mission to transport artefacts
from the underwater city of Atlanta, which included
paintings, sculptures, and statues, so scientists from
Washington University in America could study them.
They wanted to learn more about Atlantans and the
artefacts were also for display. So, we then set out
from where these artefacts were found in Atlanta.
On the first day, we had already covered twenty
miles of sailing and it was cloudy and humid, about ten
degrees. We were all quite content and we had Greek
salad for lunch and fish and chips for dinner.
The next day was quite similar to the last day
until lunch, when a heatwave broke out. All of us had
to stay inside for the rest of the day, even with sun
cream. This was bad because we didn’t get any time
to go outside and have some time by ourselves. At
this point in the day, we were nearly in America, but
we wouldn’t get there until the following day. The next
day we woke up showered in sunshine, although this
didn’t last very long because at lunch a storm broke
out with a crack of lightning.
We had almost arrived in America, somewhat
near a lighthouse, but we couldn’t see the lighthouse
or our travel course because of the stupid fog. Our
boat had somehow gone into manual override. My
crew and I tried to fix it, but nothing happened and we
couldn’t get it fixed. I went to my crew and said we
would have to leave the vessel. They asked when and
I said, “When we can see dry land.”
I then kept on trying to phone the lighthouse
keeper through the com but all I could hear was snoring.
When we saw dry land, we were all forced overboard,
so we jumped just in time to see our ship crash into
the lighthouse, possibly killing the lighthouse keeper.
We quickly phoned 9-1-1 and the Coast Guard came.
After a full police investigation, it was found
that sadly the lighthouse keeper had died, but all the
artefacts were found in perfect condition. This was a
sad event in my life.
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GALLEY HEAD’S BEST KEPT SECRET
CRASH! BANG! went the sound of the waves, breaking against the piers in Glandore.
“If the waves are two foot here, then they’re fifteen foot there,” shouted Johnny.
Johnny was the skipper and the owner of the yacht that was going to take them
to Bream Reef. Himself, along with Alex the crewman and Kelly and James the
surfers, were all going to surf Bream Reef. Bream Reef was a wave that broke off
the big rock in the middle of Dirk Bay, east of Galley Head Lighthouse.
“We will be leaving at half past five and hopefully we’ll arrive at Bream Reef at
half past six,” Johnny had said to the rest of the crew the night before. “The forecast
predicts southernly swells and light offshores. If the forecast is right, there will be a
perfect righthander wave breaking off the reef. Now get some sleep!! We have a
busy day tomorrow!”
Next morning, Kelly, who wasn’t usually a morning person, was up and dressed
in five minutes. Kelly was a really good surfer and wanted to be a professional, but
so far he had no sponsors. By the time everyone was at the yacht, it was twenty past
“Right! No time to lose,” said James. “All aboard.”
On board, Alex and James helped push the boat out. It took a few minutes to
get out of Glandore and around the headland. It was still dark, so Johnny had to rely
on the navigation system and the channel buoys to get around the headland. Once
they had left the bay and went around the headland, the full force of the waves hit
them, ten to fifteen-foot waves breaking right in front of them. The waves were just
getting bigger and bigger the closer they got to Bream Reef. Ten-foot waves turned
into twenty-foot waves.
Alex was out on deck when suddenly, BOOM! A wave came crashing down on
Alex, knocking him off his feet. He was desperately trying to cling onto anything, as
the water drained off the back of the boat. Just as Alex was about to get sucked off
the back, James leaped out of the cabin and just about grabbed Alex.
“Wow, that was close,” yelled Alex over the roar of the waves. Alex stumbled up
to standing, “Now let’s get inside before another freak wave comes,” said James.
After another thirty minutes of big waves, they were nearing Galley Head. Only
the sunrise and the light of Galley Head Lighthouse was guiding them through the
waves. Johnny didn’t see Doolic Rock but Kelly did. Kelly raced towards Johnny, but
it was too late, another freak wave pushed them up against the rock.
“Quick, grab your boards,” shouted Kelly over the sounds of snapping wood.
Everyone jumped overboard and paddled as hard as they could to get away from
With the light of the lighthouse guiding them in, they found a perfect wave,
Galley Head’s best kept secret!
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THE GIANT OF DUBLIN BAY
Claire lived with her two aunts. Aunt Edna
insisted that Claire had to clean every nook
and cranny. Aunt Edith got very, very cross
when Claire didn’t clean fast enough.
Claire hated it there with her aunts.
They lived in a lighthouse at the top of a tall,
grassy island, not too far from shore. Her
aunts often sailed to Dublin in their little
wooden boat, leaving Claire on her own.
Although it was a nightmare with her aunts,
the island was beautiful. Flowers and berries
of all kinds grew amongst the grass and
But it was one particular day that Claire
noticed its true abnormality.
The birds sang as Claire wandered down
the rocky path. All of a sudden, the island
began to shake. The tall rocks crumbled and
Claire hung on for dear life. To her surprise,
the island stood up and stretched its giant
arms. When it noticed Claire, the giant
paused, then lifted her gently up to his face.
Claire reached out to touch him. The damp
grass was cool against her hand. A familiar
yell knocked her back into reality. Her aunts
were coming back, so the giant quickly
moulded himself back into an island with the
little lighthouse perched on top.
After cleaning their boat and unloading
their goods, Claire once again looked for
the giant. A face appeared on the cliffside.
The giant told her about all the strange and
wonderful things he had seen and she visited
him every day. They trusted one another and
soon became the best of friends. But their
biggest challenge was still to come.
It was a cold, blustery day when they
heard the desperate cries of men coming
from outside and went to have a look. A
grand ship with bright red sails was crashing
helplessly over the violent waves. Without
hesitation, the giant began to stand up
straight, causing the little lighthouse to fall
into the rushing water below. The aunts,
confused and afraid, fled on their boat. The
giant strode through the intense current
and picked up the damaged ship in his
hand. Making sure not to hurt the crew, he
carefully laid the ship down on the soft sand.
Knowing that people would not accept the
giant, Claire and the giant walked off into the
distance, never to be seen again.
From then on, it was told that the crew
of the doomed ship were rescued by a nearby
cruise ship, but not all believed that. The
crew of the ship spoke of a giant, covered
in grass and rock, that came to life that day
and saved them from an untimely death.
LIGHT IT IN TIME
I ran fast. I ran to the beach. I ran to my boat.
I ran from the presenter. Okay, I’ll explain
I entered the pie-making competition
but my dog, Sausage, ate all the pies. Long
story short… I ran away. It’s not my fault.
They were chasing me! Okay, so now that
I was in my boat with Sausage, I decided
to row to the old lighthouse. My grandfather
used to be the lighthouse keeper, but the
lighthouse hasn’t been used in years.
I tied my boat to a post and scrambled
onto the island. I climbed the steps of the
lighthouse in awe. I had only ever heard tales
of this lighthouse before. “BARK!” barked
Sausage, who had reached the top. “BARK
“Okay, Sausage there’s nothing up
there…” My voice trailed off as I saw a series
of buttons. There were big ones, small ones,
red ones, green ones and the ones that beep
when you push them.
I saw an instruction manual, picked it
up and flicked it open. It was all blank except
for three words, scrawled across the page:
DON’T GET SEEN!!!
That was weird. ‘Don’t get seen?’ I
needed to know what that meant! I saw a
huge red button in front of me. It was so
tempting! I had to do it. I pushed it really
hard with my hand and the lighthouse made
a slow grinding sound, then started spinning.
Shaking, I got to my feet. Sausage
whined. What day was it? How long had
it been it spinning for? Was I still in the
lighthouse? So many questions, so few
answers, but little did I know I was about to
get a shock so big I would never forget. I
looked out the window and I saw… me.
Not staring in at me, but rowing towards
the island in my boat. The same boat I had
tied up on that island that very second! Then,
I realised what ‘Don’t Get Seen’ meant.
“I’ve gone back in time!” I screamed. I had
to get out of there before I saw myself. I
noticed a trapdoor above me, I scrambled up
and shut it just as I heard the other Sausage
“Phew,” I said before realising I was in
a giant light bulb. Another button was above
me. Hopefully it was the reverse button.
No! You have to light a candle under it
to activate it (I know my lighthouses)! I felt
something drop into my pocket. It was a box
of matches! I struck one but it blew out. The
lighthouse made a grinding noise. I didn’t
have much time…
Yes! I got a match onto the lamp and the
flame hit the button, but I can’t remember
what happened next.
When I opened my eyes, I was back on
the beach with Sausage like nothing ever
happened, I’m never doing that again.
But that was a long time ago and nobody
has been to the lighthouse since, so I guess
it’s the end…
THE OLD LIGHTHOUSE
One day, a girl called Ava came upon an old
lighthouse. It was red and white. It was very
old. She ran back and asked her parents if
she could go inside.
“No, you can’t just go inside a strange
old lighthouse, especially not at night. Now,
up to bed. It’s well past your bedtime.”
Ava went up to bed and thought it wasn’t
dangerous. It’s just a lighthouse, it’s unlikely
that anyone is living there. After that, Ava put
her head down and went to sleep, thinking
about the lighthouse.
The next day Ava woke up at midnight
and she couldn’t help it - she ran down to
the lighthouse. But the door was locked.
She spotted a window and climbed through.
It was dark, very dark then all of a
sudden lights came on, and a voice said,
“Why are you here?”
“Who are you?” said Ava. Then from
behind a cupboard, a man and a dog
“Well me, I am the old lighthouse keeper
and eh, don’t mind me asking, but you got
any food for my dog?” said the man.
“Eh, well I do have this bar of choc-“
“Great,” he said and snatched it off her.
“Well, you better be going now young
girl, its six o’clock.” Ava ran home in time
She went to school that day, and as
usual Ava was getting bullied. It was hard
at first, but she got used to it. The reason
was that her uncle was missing and on
Grandparents’ Day, everyone made jokes
about her. At half two, the bell went and she
went home on the 16 bus, but she only took
it as far as the beach. This time Ava got off
and ran to the old lighthouse but this time,
the door wasn’t locked so she went inside.
“I was expecting you to come and eh,
last time I didn’t get your name,” said the
“Oh yeah, my name is Ava Macalister.”
“Well isn’t that funny, I am Joe
Macalister, I’m your uncle!!”
Ava went to get her parents, she had
never been happier in her life.
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I woke up very excited. I grabbed the map
that we had taken from the library. The West
Bay Lighthouse was waiting for us. We
had already been there, but we liked it so
much that we wanted to go back. Alex and
Michael are my best friends - Alex is a super
adventurous guy and Michael is very brave.
We were packing up the bags when we
noticed something different about the map,
but we totally ignored it. When we were
on the way, the path started to get rocky.
We hadn’t remembered this from last time,
but we kept going anyway. After hours of
walking, we came across a few houses;
nothing there was familiar.
“Where is the lighthouse?” asked Alex.
“There it is,” said Michael, with a deep
surprised voice. What was in front of us
wasn’t the lighthouse we were expecting,
but an old, dark structure. On the door
there was a sign that said: NO ENTRY. Our
adventurous spirit kept telling us to go in and
explore. However, getting in wasn’t going to
There were nettles on the door so there
was only one fair way to do this: rock, paper,
scissors. We played for the best of out three
and I was totally defeated. So, that meant
that I had to get the nettles out of the way. It
wasn’t fun, but it had to be done. We finally
got in and it seemed bigger from the inside
than on the outside.
We split up and started exploring the
inside of the lighthouse. I felt alone and
frightened. I assumed my friends were
feeling the same, so I tried to meet up with
them when… CRASH! There was a flash
of light that came from the lantern room.
Through the window I could see a shadowy
shape. Was it a ghost or was it Alex, whose
passion was engineering? I thought.
I tried running to the door but the door
slammed right in front of my eyes. I was
about to wet myself, but there was no time
for that. Just then, I realised we were locked
inside! Something grabbed my arm and I
let out a wild punch, not knowing what was
behind me. Miraculously, I didn’t hit anything
because it turned out to be Michael, scared
“What about Alex?” I asked. Like me,
Michael had no clue where he was.
The lighthouse started to shake. Oh no!
It was falling apart and we were stuck inside.
“Say goodbye!” cried Michael. We
thought it was the end until we heard a voice
coming from outside the lighthouse. It was
Alex! He was yelling that there was a little
hole that we could get out through. We got
out just as the lighthouse was starting to fall
apart. Thanks to Alex, we got out of there
safe and sound.
The next morning, you could read the
headlines of The Irish Times: “Ghost in the
West Bay Lighthouse.”
Fernando Luna Ferrezuelo
TIGH AN TASAMÁIN
Seo scéal mar gheall ar fear le croiméal
lúbtha agus folt mór dubh gruaige dárbh
ainm Fred a bhí ina chigire ar thigh sholais.
Thaisteal Fred timpeall an domhain go dtí na
tithe solais móra go léir. Ar an lá a thosnaíonn
ár scéal tá sé ag dul go dtí tigh solais sa
Tasmáin ar eitleán.
Ar an t-eitealáin chonaic sé fear ag
suí ina aonar, shúil sé thall chuige “cad é
do ainmse’’ a dúirt Fred. Freddy a dúirt sé.
“WOW” a scréach sé . “SSHH” a shh na
paisnéirí eile. “cad é do jab” arsa Fred. “Tá
mé i mo chigire ar thithe solais” arsa Freddy.
“Ar mhaith leat teacht go dtí tigh solais sa
tasmáin liom” arsa Fred, “oh ba mhaith” arsa
Freddy. Shuigh Fred in aice le Freddy ansin
agush bhí an-comhrá ar fad acu…. 24 uair a
chloig níos déanaí thuirling siad i Melbourne
Chuaigh siad ar bhád dárbh ainm an
“Tasmanian Devil ansan amach ó chósta
na hAstráile go dtí an Tasmáinn . Dúirt an
captaen Robert leo go raibh an tigh solais
lán le ainmhithe nach raibh ar eolas aige
ná ag éinne beo “WOW” a scréach Freddy
“SHH” a shh na paisnéirí . Nuair a tháinig
siad dtí i dtír ar an gcé . D’itheadar lón deas
i mbialann thíos ar na duganna, ansin shúil
Fred & Freddy suas chuig an tigh solais .
Bhí sé 6 méadar trasna agus 25 méadar
ar airde. Go tobann d’oscaill an doras “Heiló”
a dúirt fear beag go cairdiúil leo, “tar isteach,
tar isteach”. Shúil Fred thall chuige, “agus
cé hé tusa?” a d’fhiafraigh sé de, “Is mise
Gerald, anois suas libh” bhí siad leath slí
suas an staighre nuair a d’airigh siad glór
mór scanrúil - saghas idir drannaíl mhadra
agus búiríl leon. “TASMANIAN DEVILS”
a scréach Fred, ritheadar síos an staighre
bíseach, bhriseadar síos an doras ag an
mbun le h-eagla.
“Hello conas atá sibh” Gerald/Robert
a bhí ag caint agus bhí sé ag lasa buama.
Chaith sé é isteach sa tigh solas é . I gceann
nóiméaint beidh sé tré thine agus gheobhaidh
mé an stór agus maoin ar fad istigh ann . Go
tobann léim na gardaí as na crainn ,rith Fred
isteach sa tigh agus fuair sé an buama agus
chaith sé isteach san uisce laithreach bonn
é, chuaigh Gerald go dtí an phríosúin agus
chuaigh gach éinne eile abhaile agus scéal
iontach acu le neosadh lena gcairde go léir.
It had been stormy all week with wild waves
gnawing down against the lighthouse and
the cliff face, but it all seemed normal. Today
was different, though. I woke up at 6am,
as usual, to the clear sky on Flannan Isle.
It even looked like the waves had calmed
too. Almost like a soft, blue blanket was laid
down over the vicious sea that it once was.
I got out of bed, leaving it unmade with
the grey duvet partially on the floor before
getting dressed. I went to the small kitchen
to sit down at the table alone while the other
keepers, James and Thomas, fetched their
oilskin coats and went to get supplies from
I thought about this morning and
how calm the sea was. So, I took out the
lighthouse log, quickly grabbed a pen and
wrote in my brisk but neat handwriting:
Storm over. Sea calm. God is over all.
After putting the diary back in the
cabinet, I lazily looked over at the plain
grey window when I saw it coming. It was
massive. A giant wave was hurtling towards
James and Thomas, like a colossal grey
wall spraying its bricks out one by one.
The wave was like a ten-storey building but
bigger. Recklessly, I ran to save their lives,
knocking down my chair while doing so. Not
wondering if I would lose my own life in the
Yelling at the top of my lungs until I
thought my neck would explode from fear
for my life and the life of my friends.
“STOP! STOP! THE WAVE!” I cried,
but it was already too late.
Colman Ó Curraoin
Co Phort Láirge
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SWIMMING BY THE LIGHTHOUSE
Clara got off the boat. She stood on the sandy beach with a frown. Mum and
Dad enjoyed being near the sea, so they bought had the lighthouse on the island.
Logan was thrilled to be on the island. Meanwhile Clara was outraged. All her
friends were on the mainland and she had no cell reception.
“Do we have to stay here?” asked Clara.
“Why would we ever leave?” replied Logan, clearly enjoying making sand
“Come on, we better start unpacking!” shouted Mum.
Clara slowly picked up her bags and trudged up to the door. Mum, Dad and
Logan had already started unpacking. The beds were so small, and Clara and
Logan had to share a room.
“Goodbye, privacy,” mumbled Clara.
“Let’s explore the island,” suggested Logan.
“No thanks,” said Clara. “I’d rather not get bitten by a snake.”
“Okay,” said Logan.
While Logan was away exploring and Mum and Dad were unpacking and
tidying, Clara went down to the very bottom of the lighthouse. This would be her
new den. All she needed to do was get rid of the ugly rug and get a few hundred
cushions down there and it would be perfect. She started by removing the rug.
When she lifted it up, she found a trapdoor underneath it. Clara opened it and
found a flight of stairs. She went down the stairs and found a narrow passageway
with wet, rocky walls. She squeezed through the passageway. After about a minute
of walking, she came to a cave that must have led out into the sea. When Clara
looked closer, she saw fish swimming about in the water.
“Wow,” said Clara, “This will be my little secret.”
Later that night, when everyone was asleep, Clara silently got up and fished
out her swimming suit and goggles. She was going swimming. Clara crept
downstairs to her den. She lifted up the trap door and strode down the stairs.
When she reached the cave, she heard someone coming down the passageway.
Clara hid behind a rock.
“Clara?” shouted the person. Clara looked over the rock and saw it was only
“What are you doing here?” she hissed.
“Well, I heard you rummaging through your stuff and I was curious, so I
followed you down here,” explained Logan. “What are you doing down here?”
“I found this place when I was preparing my den,” she replied. She took a
step into the water. “If you want to come, get your swimming suit.”
Logan got his swimming suit and went in the water with Clara. They dove in
and swam all the way out into the ocean. They found the ocean calm. But there
was something out there. It was a dolphin! Soon Clara and Logan were swimming
with dolphins. They were diving in and swimming around the colourful coral.
The next day Clara was happy to be on the island and would see the dolphins
Lauren May Bei-er Ong
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THE LOST MAN AND THE LIGHTHOUSE
My name is Mark Murphy. Yesterday my sister Chloe and I overheard our
parents saying that we might be moving to Howth in Dublin to live with
our Grandad Matt.
Chloe and I were both very excited because even though I am twelve
and Chloe is six we have never seen the sea before - our grandparents
always visited us. I was most excited about seeing Grandad Matt and
Nana Mary because we only get to see them twice a year, but most
exciting of all we had never seen their lighthouse before.
The next morning, Dad woke us up. “Guys, wake up I need to talk
to you about something very important. We are going to move to live with
your grandparents in Howth, Dublin.”
Just then I remembered that my best friend Shane O’Donovan had
just moved to Howth last week because his dad opened a fish and chip
shop along the pier. I was so excited I couldn’t speak to tell my dad how
badly I wanted to go.
I did some sort of weird dance, and then my dad said, “Okay, what
about you Chloe?”
She said yes but only because Emma lives there now (Emma is
Shane’s little sister and her best friend). Within the next two weeks we
were all packed up and ready to go for our drive to Dublin. We said
goodbye to Mullingar in Westmeath and off we went.
When we got there, we went for a tour of Howth Head with Grandad
Matt and Nana Mary and a tour of the pier with Shane and Emma. After
that we got free fish and chips from their dad’s fish and chip shop – it
was the best!
When it started getting dark, Shane and I went to help Grandad
Matt with the lighthouse then Shane and I had a sleepover in my new
house. In the morning Shane and I went up to the tiny hidden beach and
saw a man floating on a wooden board. We immediately called for help.
My dad came running over as quickly as he could and called the
Coast Guard. They said they’d be there soon, so my dad ran down to
the sea jumped in and swam to bring him to shore while Shane and I ran
up to the lighthouse. We had to get the warm blankets and towels that
were up at the top.
My legs ached as I ran up every step and as we were descending,
I heard the sound of a helicopter. When we got out I saw it right above
me. My jaw dropped. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen. I had to
hold on to Shane because otherwise I would be blown away. It was the
last time we ever heard from the man but I could tell it was going to be
exciting and interesting living here.
Brona Rose Comiskey
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SAOL AN TÍ SOLAIS
Fadó fadó bhí teach solais ar oiléan Reachraí.
Ní raibh a fhios ag a lán daoine é ach bhí an
teach solais seo ábalta feicéail agus labhairt.
Chonaic sé gach rud ar feadh na mílte ach
rinne sé seo beagán brónach é mar gheall
nach raibh sé ábalta rith thart cosúil le daoine.
Lá amháin tháinig buachaill agus a
theaghlach le picnic a ithe in aice leis an teach
solais. Bhí spórt agus spraoi acu ag labhairt
agus ag gáire, ansin sheas an buachaill suas
agus thosaigh sé ag súgradh thart ar an teach
solais. Stán an teach solais ar an mbuachaill
ag iarraidh a bheith ábalta súgradh leis. I
ndiaidh tamaill bhí smaoineadh iontach aige.
“Labhróidh mé leis,” a smaoinigh sé. Rinne
sé go díreach sin. “Dia duit, is mise Teach
Solais, cé thú?” a cheistigh sé. Léim Dáire
amach as a chraiceann nuair a chuala sé an
teach solais ag labhairt. D’fhreagair sé, “Is
“Dia duit a Dháire, tá brón orm má
scanraigh mé thú ach tá mé ag iarraidh
duine le bheith ag súgradh leis. Tá sé anuaigneach
a bheith i do theach solais,” arsa
an teach solais.
“Sea déarfainn go bhfuil,” a d’fhreagair
Dáire. “Ó, sílim go bhfuil mo theaghlach ag
imeacht. Tiocfaidh mé ar ais amárach le mo
An oíche sin bhí Teach Solais réidh lena
sholas a bheith curtha air. Bhí sé maith go
raibh sé curtha air mar chomh luath is a bhí
sé air, bhí air é a úsáid. Bhí bád i bhfad
róchóngarach don talamh agus chor a bheith
bhuail sé an talamh! Ach buíochas le Dia,
stop an bád sular bhuail sé an talamh.
An lá dar gcionn tháinig Taifí le Dáire
agus bhí craic den scoth acu le Teach Solais.
Chuir Dáire ceist ar Theach Solais an raibh
ainm fíor aige, ach ní raibh. Thosaigh Dáire
ag smaoineamh agus i ndiaidh bomaite bhí
ainm foirfe aige do…. “Cad é faoi Rocky?” a
“Foirfe!” a scread Teach Solais, anois
Rocky. Thosaigh Taifí ag súgradh le Dáire.
Ach ansin tharla rud éigin uafásach. Thit
Dáire agus ní raibh sé ábalta bogadh. Bhí
Rocky an-bhuartha ach bhí smaoineamh
aige. Rinne sé iarracht labhairt le Taifí. Thuig
Taifí é go hiomlán. Chuaigh sé fríd doras
oscailte Rocky, suas staighre agus bhrúigh
sé an cnaipe solais. Tháinig solas an-gheall
amach as Rocky agus thosaigh sé ag
splancadh anuas ar Dháire. Tar éis tamaill
chonaic daoine é ach ní raibh a fhios acu cén
fáth ina raibh sé air. Chuaigh cuid daoine ó
Bhaile an Chaistil ar bhád agus shiúil daoine
ó Reachraí chuig an teach solais. Nuair a
tháinig siad, chonaic cúpla duine go raibh sé
ag splancadh ar bhuachaill. Scread siad ar
na daoine eile. Bhí mamaí Dháire ann agus
chomh luath ‘is a chonaic sí Dáire, ghlac sí
é go díreach chuig an ospidéal.
Ghlac na daoine uilig ó Reachraí rudaí
chuig Rocky an lá dar gcionn.
Mhair siad go sona sásta as sin amach.
Áine de Fréine
THE MAGICAL LIGHTHOUSE
Jeff woke up on the 9th of May 2020. “Ahh,